Ramona Bachmann insists the Chelsea Women’s squad only have eyes for this weekend’s Continental Tyres Cup trip to Lewes despite moving to the top of the FA Women’s Super League on Sunday.
The Blues came from behind to beat West Ham 3-1 at the weekend, and with Arsenal defeating Manchester City, Emma Hayes’ side moved in to top spot following five matches in the competition.
This Sunday the focus returns to the Continental Cup and a trip to Championship side Lewes in Group D of the competition, before the players, including Swiss forward Bachmann, depart on international duty.
It’s back to league action when we return as we host Manchester United in the Barclays FA WSL On Sunday November 17 and while the hectic schedule and multiple competitions will prove challenging, Bachmann is adamant the squad won’t lose focus this weekend.
‘What the team and I are trying to do right now is focus on every game that comes because there is so much going on with the cup, the league and soon the national team so if you start to look too far ahead you lose your focus,’ said the recently crowned Swiss Player of the Year.
‘So we’ve forgotten about the win on Sunday, it was nice to get the three points but now the focus is on the Conti Cup. We have never won this cup so we want to win the trophy, this week we’ll focus on this game then whatever comes next.’
Saturday’s trip to Championship side Lewes is the third Continental Cup fixture of the season, with the Blues starting life in Group D with victories over West Ham and Crystal Palace. Joining us in the group are Reading and Tottenham.
Bachmann started Sunday’s win over West Ham but it was goals from Sophie Ingle, Ji So-Yun and Drew Spence that saw us recover from a 1-0 deficit to secure maximum points.
And despite immediately turning her attention to this weekend, the significance of the win was not lost on the 28-year-old.
‘It was a very important win for the team, we don’t really look at how others get on because we want to focus on our own performances. It can be dangerous when you start checking how other teams are doing because you lose focus on your own game.
‘That’s what we tried to do, we just focused on getting the win. We knew Man City was playing Arsenal but we just focused on ourselves and that’s what we’ll continue to do.’
Bachmann, who joined the club from Wolfsburg in 2017, famously netted twice in our 3-1 FA Cup win over Arsenal at Wembley and despite not opening her account for the season, the forward is happy with her contribution and confident the goals will come.
‘When you play as a forward you obviously get rated on your goals and that is a little bit frustrating,’ she continued. ‘Of course any striker wants to get goals, that gives us confidence but I still think I performed well and I’m involved in a lot during the game. I know I’m a player who has a lot of creativity in my play which is helping the team around me. I’m not a typical nine who just waits for the ball – I’m not that kind of player, I’m a player who wants to be involved and create things.
‘I feel that if I keep going the goals will come, but as long as we win I don’t really care about that.’
Watch Bachmann and her Chelsea team-mates in action at Kingsmeadow on Sunday 17 November when they take on league debutants Manchester United.
Kick-off is at 2pm and tickets can be purchased here
The England Women's squad announced today for forthcoming internationals against Germany (at Wembley) and Czech Republic features Carly Telford, Millie Bright and Beth England. Fran Kirby is not included.