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Bright expects tough United test

Chelsea FC Women face Manchester United this afternoon and Millie Bright is targeting all three points against the league leaders.

It’s a top-of-the-table clash at Kingsmeadow with the Blues facing a Manchester United side who have been in impressive form this season and like Chelsea, remain unbeaten in the Barclay’s FA Women’s Super League.

Both teams played out a 1-1 draw in the opening game of the campaign back in September and vice-captain Bright is expecting another tight encounter.

She said: ‘We expect a similar test. It’s going to be a feisty and intense game but one that we are ready for.

‘The position they are in the table speaks for itself. They’ve had a really good season so far. They are a really tough opponent to play, really hard to break down and really physical so we will have to be at our best.

‘We are really excited and hopefully we can get the three points and not just the one this time.’

Emma Hayes’ side come into today’s fixture having kept a clean sheet in our previous four outings and Bright has put that down to a resilience that is embedded within the whole squad.

She added: ‘We are pushing every single player in training to not concede goals and that’s where it starts. It’s about being switched on for the 90 minutes, having pride in not conceding and everyone putting their bodies on the line.

‘It’s not just the defenders, it’s the strikers doing their job as well and really working as a unit.’

Bright has played a huge role in the recent shut outs and her impressive performances at the back for the Blues were recently given much-deserved recognition.

For the first time in her career, Bright was named in the FIFA FIFPRO Women’s World 11, alongside team-mate Pernille Harder, and the 27-year-old says she is determined to make sure it isn’t a one off.

‘It was a bit of a shock, I didn’t expect it,’ Bright admitted. ‘To know the players that could have been in the 11, it definitely shocked me a little bit.

‘You have to take a step back, be proud of yourself and realise what you’ve achieved. It’s a massive achievement.

‘I was really proud of myself. I want it to be a statement to say I’m not here to be in it once or twice, I want to be consistent with my performances. That’s given me the challenge now to not be in it as a one off. I want to be consistently at the top of my game.

‘It gives me a lot of confidence but it’s now set me an even bigger challenge now moving forward.’

You can watch Bright and her Blues team-mates take on Manchester United at 2.30pm this afternoon on BT Sport.

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