Erin Cuthbert plaudits the character shown by her Chelsea FC Women team-mates after Sunday’s 1-0 triumph against Brighton & Hove Albion in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.
Despite the heavy rain conditions in Sussex, Chelsea managed to secure all three points against Albion thanks to a clinical header from forward Sam Kerr. The result moved us into second place in the league behind Manchester United, with one game in hand.Erin Cuthbert admitted the Blues did not perform to the best of our capabilities but was quick to praise the team’s patience and professionalism after a tough afternoon against Hope Powell’s Brighton.‘We weren’t at our best but it just shows our level of resilience and character within the squad that we can still grind out results even when we’re not at our best,’ said the Scotland international.‘Overall, I thought in the first half we were pretty good, we were very patient. When teams sit in a low block they make it really difficult for us but we had worked on it training and worked on different options on how to build out.‘Over the course of the game we showed those different options and we ended up getting through them a couple of times and we had a few good chances.‘Sam came up with the header in the first half and that settled things a bit and we settled into the game from then.’
Chelsea welcome Benfica for the return leg of our Champions League round of 32 tie tomorrow before hosting Tottenham Hotspur in the WSL on Sunday. Although the Blues go into the fixture with a 5-0 first leg lead, the 22-year-old has stressed the importance of ensuring the squad are rested and recovered for the encounter.‘We’ve got a great system of recovery, great staff and resources that we can recover quickly for games.‘We’ve got a great squad as well so it doesn’t matter what team Emma [Hayes] is going to put out on Wednesday they are going to be fresh and ready to play and it’s another opportunity to showcase what we can do.‘We want to make a statement in the competition because everyone is so excited to be back in the Champions League, we all love this tournament so much.’
Tomorrow’s Champions League encounter against Benfica can be viewed live on the Chelsea website, the 5th Stand app, our official YouTube channel and the women’s Facebook. Geographical restrictions may apply.