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Ji: We need to push forward from the start

Ji So-Yun has highlighted the importance of starting well against Everton this afternoon.

Chelsea Women are back in action today and go into our clash against Everton looking for our first three points of the new Barclays FA Women’s Super League campaign.

The Blues went behind early on in our opening day fixture against Arsenal and Ji has urged her team-mates to get an immediate foothold and be clinical in front of goal against the Toffees.

She said: ‘Losing against Arsenal wasn’t the way we wanted to start the season but thankfully it’s just the beginning of our campaign.

‘We have many games coming up and with the chances we created against Arsenal, I’m confident we can create and finish those chances against Everton.

‘We need to make sure we push forward from the start. We conceded early against Arsenal so we need to start well and that will give us confidence throughout the game.’

Our opponents come into this afternoon’s encounter having suffered a 4-0 loss to Manchester City last weekend, but Ji is wary of the threat the Toffees will pose at Kingsmeadow later today.

She added: ‘I expect Everton to come out a lot stronger this weekend to maybe prove a point after their opening game against Manchester City.

‘Everton have got a great squad this year. They have added a lot of new players, but we have to focus on ourselves and our game.’

Today’s game will be shown live on BBC Two and Ji believes the new broadcast deal indicates a bright future for women’s football in England.

‘The growth of the popularity in women’s football here in England has been incredible.’ said Ji. ‘I remember when I first came to England, we struggled to get a few hundred fans into the stadium to watch our games and now thousands come to Kingsmeadow every week.

‘The coverage of the women’s game has increased, the league is always getting more competitive and big players are now attracted to the WSL.

‘The broadcast deal is a sign of great things to come for women’s football.’

Chelsea’s clash against Everton will kick off at 12.30pm and is available to watch live on BBC Two with coverage starting at 12.15pm.

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