The FA Women's League Cup is the first trophy up for grabs for Chelsea this season and captain Magdalena Eriksson says the squad are fully focused on adding yet more silverware to our glistening trophy cabinet.
The Blues have reached the final of this competition in all of our last three campaigns, winning it back-to-back in 2019/20 and 2020/21.
It is a quarter-final tie with London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on the agenda tonight, and our skipper has spoken ahead of the match about the chance of making it three titles in four seasons.
‘One of my biggest football memories is when we won this competition for the first time, so it is going to be extra special,’ Magda says.
‘It is a trophy that we as a club were desperate to get hold of at the time. It was a great occasion, a fantastic game against Arsenal and a big crowd. Playing in finals like that are the games that stick in your mind, and this season it's another final that we want to get to.
‘We all dream of finals and lifting trophies,’ the defender adds. ‘They are a big motivation for us. When we train in freezing conditions, these are the things that keep us going and on top of our work every single day.
‘But of course, we will take it game by game. Tonight, it is all about the game ahead, hopefully winning it and then moving onto the next one against Liverpool.’
Former striker Bethany England, who spent seven years with us in west London, made the switch to Spurs earlier this month and Eriksson also spoke of the forward’s qualities as she prepares to go head-to-head with her former team-mate.
‘They have taken a good player that we know very well,' Magda said of England. 'Obviously just her presence makes them stronger as she is a good player and a strong No.9, so that boosts the club and team.
‘What she has shown is that no football career is linear. She went on loan to Liverpool in 2017, showed her mentality, and then came back and continued. She is so inspirational.
‘Her journey is good for young people because maybe her path is how most people’s journeys are going to look like in the future, they may not always be linear.
‘I hope she does well at Tottenham, but not tonight!’ she ends, with a smile.