Melanie Leupolz admitted she is enjoying life at Chelsea FC Women after her two goals helped the Blues secure a 4-0 victory over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Leupolz opened the scoring on 27 minutes, before Pernille Harder’s deflected effort doubled our advantage just seconds later. Harder then turned provider when she found Sam Kerr with a pin-point cross and the Australian headed home her ninth goal of the campaign.
Chelsea were then awarded a penalty after a Spurs defender was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box and Leupolz stepped up to score from the spot and complete a convincing win at Kingsmeadow.
The German international was awarded the Barclays FA Player of the Match and Leupolz says she is delighted to be a part of Emma Hayes’s squad.
She said: ‘I’m super proud being a part of this team. It was good for me to make the move here to Chelsea.
‘I’m happy to be in such a good environment.’
Prior to our opening goal from Leupolz, the Blues struggled to get a foot hold in the game during the opening stages.
The visitors came close to taking the lead when they struck the woodwork but minutes later Leupolz struck a sublime 30-yard effort. The 26-year-old is happy the Blues came through the difficult moments and took our chances to earn our sixth consecutive league victory and extend our unbeaten run to 33 matches.
She added: ‘I think we had some difficulties at the beginning. The first 20 minutes of the game wasn’t that good but then we came into the game and we got better.
‘We took our chances and we are really happy with the win. We have to keep doing this, starting with our game on Wednesday.’
Leupolz has now netted five times in all competitions for the Blues since her arrival in the summer, and the midfielder revealed that Chelsea boss Emma Hayes has encouraged our midfielders to shoot from distance more often.
‘It’s always nice to score. I know I have to shoot more from distance.’ Leupolz admitted.
'I tried this time and I’m really happy it went into the goal. The coaches are always saying we have to shoot from the second row. Sophie [Ingle] also has a good shot, we just have to do it more often.'
Leupolz and her Blues team-mates face West Ham United in our Continental League Cup semi-final on Wednesday and you can watch the game live on the FA Player.