As the Blues prepare to kick-off our 2020/21 campaign against Manchester City in the Women’s FA Community Shield at Wembley Stadium, forward Sam Kerr discusses her excitement for the game, pre-season and her aspirations with Chelsea Women.
The last time the Blues played a competitive match was in February when we clinched the Continental Tyres League Cup after running out 2-1 victors against Arsenal, which was Kerr’s first piece of silverware since joining the club in November.
For the Australian, Saturday 29 August can’t come soon enough, and she is relishing the prospect of performing on the big stage against top opposition at Wembley Stadium.
‘I’m so excited to play, it’s been a while and it’s a great fixture to start our campaign,’ she said. ‘Man City are one of the best teams in the league and probably Europe so it’s going to be exciting.
‘Last year when I played in the game against them it was one of the most difficult matches, but we’ve been working really hard and we’re ready for it.
‘We want to start the season on a high so it’s a big game for us and anytime there’s a trophy at stake it’s super exciting.’
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has been gearing up her squad ahead of the new season and the Australian forward has praised the high standards of pre-season training.
‘It’s good to get back and have a full pre-season with the team,’ Kerr stressed. ‘I feel like I’ve settled in these last five weeks more than I did last season with everything that was going around us – I feel really good being back with the team.
‘For me I haven’t actually done a pre-season for a long, long time. I can’t remember the last one I’ve done as I used to go from the US straight to Australia to play, but it’s been really good.
‘The quality has been great, the new signings have added a lot to our team and all the girls have come back in in really good shape. We’ve hit the ground running and it’s been a good standard.
‘There’s a lot of fight to just get into the starting XI so I think that always drives the team and the quality is even higher than it was last year when I joined.’
The 26-year-old has already proven herself as a prolific goalscorer in the USA and Australia, and now strives to reach those same heights in the European game. She revealed her aspirations for the forthcoming season, which includes plenty of silverware, and mentioned linking up with fellow strikers Fran Kirby and Bethany England.
‘We want to win the league again and do it on our own terms. We’ve got big games, Champions League, FA Cup from last year, so I guess for me it’s just about winning as many trophies as I can. I think there’s six up for grabs for us so hopefully all six!
‘I just want to slide into the team, play consistent football and help the team out however I can. I only managed to score one goal in the few games I played last season so I want to build on that and contribute as much as I can.
‘Fran and Beth are two quality players, what they’ve done in the game speaks for themselves,' added Kerr.
‘Fran is obviously an amazing player, I didn’t get the chance to play with her last year but at international level I’ve watched her for a long time and she’s proved to me why she’s one of the best in the world.
‘Beth speaks for herself, the player of the season last year, they are two strikers I can’t wait to link-up with.'
The Community Shield, which is behind closed doors, kicks off at 12.30pm on Saturday 29 August. The game is being shown live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer and fans are encouraged to support the game at home.