Prior to Chelsea Women’s opening game of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger is relishing the opportunity to begin our campaign at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues begin their 2019/20 season against the newly promoted Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday with a 12.30pm kick-off and a bumper crowd is expected.
The day is set to be a fantastic matchday experience for all, with plenty of entertainment even before the game has kicked off.
‘It’s always a great opportunity to play on a bigger stage in a bigger stadium on a beautiful pitch and I’m really looking forward to it,’ said Berger.
‘We want to play attractive football for our fans and we’re looking forward to giving our supporters a great day out.’
Tickets for the London derby are free of charge and the final few now remain.
The game has potential to be the best-attended women’s league match in England since 1920, and it is set to be the largest crowd the Chelsea shot-stopper has appeared in front of.
‘It’s a big stage and I think it is going to be the biggest crowd I’ve played in front of,’ Berger added.
‘It’s incredible to know that we will be playing in front of so many supporters and families. I am just so excited because I love walking out onto the pitch in front of a big crowd, I get goosebumps from the noise and the atmosphere.’
Last season the Blues did not get off to the strongest start, dropping crucial league points after drawing four out of six games. The German goalkeeper emphasised the significance of beginning well this time around.
‘It’s important to make sure we start the season with confidence and that we put all the hard work from pre-season into it,’ Berger said.
‘The league now is really competitive so I think we need a good start to be on top - we need to show the teams where we’re at and what we can do.’
Berger signed for Chelsea from Birmingham City in January 2019 and made eight appearances in all competitions last season. She is determined to win trophies with the Blues, especially after coming painfully close to reaching the Champions League and Women’s FA Cup final.
‘Every single game I’ve played in has been really exciting for me because I play with incredible players and I have trained alongside three really good goalkeepers.
‘For me it’s been about working hard to actually get the chance to play and I can’t wait to get onto that pitch on Sunday.
‘I’m really looking forward to showing everyone what we can do and putting on a good team performance as well.
‘We want to win everything we can; so that’s the league, the Continental Tyres Cup and the FA Cup. As I said, I think it’s hard because the league is growing and the teams are getting better, but if we start the league strong and work hard, I have no doubt that we can win all of these three titles.’