The Chelsea FC Women defender discusses her daily routine during quarantine and has high hopes that the Blues will continue where we left off in the quest for more silverware once the Women’s Super League resumes.
The Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented time for much of the modern age and with the outbreak forcing an unexpected pause for all professional football, Carter gave an update on how she is keeping herself fit and busy while following the Government guidelines to stay home.
‘I’ve not been too bad, I’ve not got too bored just yet,’ she said. ‘We’ve all got our individual programmes so four to five days a week we’ve got some form of exercise that the club has given us to do.
‘We have had online meetings every week with the whole team and we have different sessions each day. The staff have been really good at putting on different sessions and it’s great that we have the option.
‘Luckily I’ve got enough space in the flat and I have got a spin bike in here and some weights that the club have given me.
‘I live just across the road from the River Thames and there is a nice running path there so I’m not in a bad place to be fair, I could be in a lot worse of a situation.’
The coronavirus outbreak struck the UK not long after the Blues’ Continental League Cup final victory against London rivals Arsenal, and the 22-year-old shared what it felt like to finally clinch the silverware.
‘This feeling was unreal and even though we didn’t play very well, the performance showed a lot about us. We scored in the last minute, it was an amazing feeling,’ she said.
Chelsea are on an incredible run in the Women’s Super League having stretched our unbeaten record to 16 games and Carter praises the togetherness of her team throughout this campaign so far.
‘Even before the Conti Cup win, it was just good vibes in the dressing room. Everyone was just working hard and working together, I felt like it was a really positive space to be in.
‘As cliché as it sounds, I think our team togetherness helps, I’ve not been at a club where I feel the whole dressing room is together through everything.
‘That shows in games because players come off the bench, make a difference and are putting in great shifts.
‘Maybe we are a bit more clinical this year than we were last year and I think we have got a stronger mentality this year.’
There is some uncertainty around when the top flight of women’s football is likely to resume, however, Carter still has full belief that the Blues have what it takes to go on and win the title for the third time in our history.
‘The only one who can stop us from winning that title is ourselves in my opinion,’ Carter said.
‘We’re in a great position and if we come back after this break with the same mentality as we left it, there’s no reason why we can’t win this league.
‘The disappointment we all felt last season from not winning anything has definitely gone into this season in terms of wanting to go out and win as much as we can now.
‘We all want to win when we come back and we all know that everyone has to be as ready as we can be to do that.’