Chelsea Women defender Maren Mjelde was pleased with the manner in which the Blues bounced back from our opening day defeat with a much-improved performance and victory against Manchester City at Kingsmeadow.
While we didn’t have things all our own way on Sunday, in a meeting between two sides who expect to be in the running for the Women’s Super League title come the end of the season, it was the Blues who emerged victorious.
With both teams looking to bounce back after opening-day defeats, we were the ones who found the first goal when Fran Kirby finished off a fine team move shortly before the break, growing into the game during the second half to end up as 2-0 winners.
‘I think it was a hard game,’ said Mjelde after the victory in our first home fixture of 2022/23. ‘First of all, because of the last weekend, we were there to win and so were City, so it was a tough and even first half.
‘The first game of the season it’s always hard and I think the whole week we’d been focusing on all the details in training. We wanted to bounce back and we surely did.
‘We scored a good goal and then I think in the second half we dominated periods of the game. We were much more calm, composed on the ball, and it’s great to come away with a 2-0 win because they are a good side.’
The second goal which rewarded a strong performance and aided that composure by allowing us to see out the win in relative comfort came via Mjelde herself, as she fired into the back of the net from the penalty spot after a handball in the box.
It was the Norwegian international’s first goal in the WSL since another win over Man City, almost two years ago, and arrived on her first start in the competition since March 2021, following a frustrating spell out with a knee injury.
‘It’s been a while since I scored for Chelsea and it was nice to score already in the second game of the season against City. So it was nice.’
However, Mjelde knows there isn’t much time for the Blues to congratulate themselves, as they will be quickly back in action at Kingsmeadow as we host West Ham United in our next WSL fixture on Wednesday evening.
‘Now we just have to recover, be ready again for training, and then it’s a game again on Wednesday. So now we just have to enjoy the win, of course, then start again to prepare.’