Chelsea Women host Bristol City on Sunday, a game that can be watched live on the Fifth Stand, and in-form Guro Reiten is expecting another tough challenge at Kingsmeadow.
Reiten has only been in England for a few months but the Norwegian international is already aware that there are no easy games in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.
The 25-year-old is enjoying an impressive debut season since joining the Blues in the summer from LSK Kvinner and will be aiming to continue her good form when Bristol City visit on Sunday.
Reiten scored twice in the reverse fixture and was also on target in last weekend’s 3-1 win over Reading as her spectacular long-range lobbed finish put the Blues ahead in the second half.
Manager Emma Hayes’s side will be expected to win on Sunday against opponents who have won just once in the league this season – albeit at Manchester United last weekend – but Reiten admits the Blues will need to be fully focused if they are to pick up another three points.
‘I am not used to every game being so tight and hard, and I think that pushes all the teams in this league to become even better,’ she said.
‘It’s not going to be an easy game no matter who you are playing. We drew against Liverpool and Brighton, they are not the top teams but we dropped points there and it shows that anything is possible so we need to do our job and remain focused.
‘For lower teams it’s like a cup final to play against us, they want to win, they have nothing to lose but we are the ones with everything to lose.
‘We can’t afford to drop points, the league title is going to be tight, so need to win at the weekend.’
Reiten has been a near ever-present since making the switch to London in the summer, starting 12 games and coming off the bench twice, while she has contributed four goals to the team.
Hayes admitted her summer recruit needed a break over Christmas after a gruelling 18 months for club and country and Reiten believes she has more to offer as she continues to settle in to life at Chelsea.
‘I hope I have improved, but it’s difficult for me to comment on that,’ she added. ‘I am a player that needs to know the players around me to be good, I need to know where they want the ball, where they want me to be and with time I have got to know them.
‘Now I have a clearer picture of the players around me, of how I can help them and how they can help me. I think I have improved. I just have to continue.
‘I think the break was good for me. By the end of this season I would have played one-and-a-half seasons without any break in the middle and I’ve never done that. I think I was a bit tired towards the end of last year and Christmas has been amazing spending time with my family and friends.
‘I have a lot of energy, I feel fresh and really good right now.’
This weekend’s game will also see the players celebrate the work of the Chelsea Foundation and despite only being at the club for a few months Reiten has already experienced the work done by the Foundation during a school visit last year.
She continued: ‘Chelsea is a big football club but it also has responsibility to help in the community and people that aren’t as lucky as us.
‘When I went to the school visit it was really fun and they were really excited to meet us. They had a lot of funny questions but I think we have a responsibility to go into the community. ‘
Sunday’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League match with Bristol City kicks off at 2pm and tickets are still available to buy at £1 for juniors (under-20) and seniors (over-65) and £9 for adults.
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