Ahead of tonight’s Continental League Cup clash with Tottenham Hotspur – a game which will be streamed live on various official Chelsea platforms – Erin Cuthbert has spoken about what Chelsea FC Women need to do to get all three points…
This evening’s match kicks off at 7pm and is being shown live on the 5th Stand app, this website, Chelsea FC Women’s Facebook page and our YouTube channel!Chelsea got off to a strong start in our Continental League Cup defence last month having triumphed 4-1 against rivals Arsenal at Kingsmeadow. Then four days later, the Blues beat Manchester City 3-1 in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and Cuthbert is hoping we can continue where we left off before the international break.‘We were starting to really build good momentum before the break but to then switch back into Chelsea mode when you’ve been away with your country can be quite tough,’ Cuthbert admitted.‘Emma [Hayes] really helps though because she gets us straight back into the focus of Chelsea and all the games coming up.‘I absolutely love being back with the girls, it’s so nice to be back in the environment. It’s like my second home, these girls are my family.’The 22-year-old has been in good form thus far this campaign having netted four goals in seven appearances and the Scotland international shared her personal aims for the rest of the season.‘It seems to always be the case, every time I hit good form, something always disrupts it but this time I’m not going to let that happen,’ Cuthbert said with determination.‘I’m committed to working hard and that’s the focus at a club like this when competition is so high, you need to just get your head down and work hard. I think hard work is the basis of what gets you places and if I get that right hopefully the performances will follow as well.
‘Two years ago I scored maybe 13 and last year I didn’t score as many as I wanted to. I think I assisted more, maybe it was due to my position, but I want to add more goals to my game.‘I made it a target this year and Emma said as well that I’ve got more goals in me – it was all about making small adjustments in pre-season and how I could be in the best position to score a goal as well, so I made adjustments to that.‘When I scored in my first game back from injury in the Community Shield, which was the first game of the season, it gave me a bit of momentum.‘It took me to November last year to score my first goal of the season and this season I scored my first one in August. That has made a big difference because it gave me momentum to push on.‘Your confidence grows when you score, you want to take shots and you have the courage to do things that you wouldn’t do if you weren’t feeling confident,’ she continued.The Blues have a good track record against the north London side having won all five of the previous encounters with the latest being a 5-1 victory in the group stage of last year’s competition. The Chelsea midfielder expects a tough battle but is confident her team will have enough quality to earn the win.
‘It’s a derby so they are going to be up for it, they are going to want to cause an upset but we equally need to be ready as they will make it really tough.‘They are probably going to bank in, they are going to make it difficult for us players to play and be creative on the ball as well so we have to find new ways of beating them.‘It’s going to be important we move the ball quickly, especially coming back from internationals because sometimes you can have a little bit of fatigue in you. But as long as we move the ball quickly and play with intensity, we have enough quality to not give opposition a chance to recover from it.’With fans not being able to cheer the Blues on at Kingsmeadow due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions nationwide, Cuthbert is pleased the game is being streamed for supporters to enjoy from the safety of their homes.‘I think it’s amazing, the fans deserve to see the game, they deserve to see the quality that we have got in this side.‘It doesn’t matter who is going to be stepping out on that pitch it will still be world-class players so I’m delighted it’s being streamed – women’s football should always be given a platform and especially when fans aren’t there.’
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