Chelsea Women midfielder Sophie Ingle says that she and her team-mates are excited for Monday night’s FA Cup fifth round tie versus Liverpool at Kingsmeadow.
This game was originally due to be played today (Sunday), but was rescheduled for tomorrow (Monday) as a precautionary measure because of Storm Dennis. Read the full details here.
The Blues came up against Monday’s opponents in December and league strugglers Liverpool are one of only two teams in the Women’s Super League who have held us to a draw.
However, Ingle will be hoping to extend our eight-game winning streak to nine, a run that has been ongoing since our previous meet with our visitors.
‘In the last game we did have a few chances but we just couldn’t put it in the back of the net,’ she said.
‘To be fair to them [Liverpool] they did defend well so it’s about us being clinical in front of goal like we have done the last few games.’
Liverpool were last in action on Thursday night against Arsenal and they will no doubt come into this match full of confidence after taking fellow title contenders all the way, with the game finishing in a narrow 3-2 defeat.
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The Welsh midfielder predicts that her former club Liverpool will make it hard for the Blues. With an FA Cup quarter-final place up for grabs and the potential to play at Wembley, Ingle insists that her team are ready for the task in hand.
‘I think the lower teams have got nothing to lose, they are just trying to get points on the board and they are going all guns blazing.
‘They are going to be a strong side to play against and we know they are a good team especially going forward.
‘They’ve got a lot of pace and good link-up play so we need to nullify that.
‘But we are on a good run at the moment and we are really up for the cup game.
‘It would be amazing to play at Wembley, everyone wants to get to the FA Cup final, so hopefully we can get the result on Monday to take us that one step closer,’ Ingle continued.
There are number of important games coming up in quick succession for Chelsea, including a top of the table clash against Manchester City next Sunday, followed by the Continental Tyres League Cup final against Arsenal. Therefore, the 28-year-old says the key is to concentrate on one game at a time.
‘We just have to focus on the next game coming up because there are so many games, especially in the January/February period and they are all really important games.
‘We just have to focus on the game, we got the result against Birmingham so now we focus on Liverpool.
‘It’s an exciting time for everyone, especially for the fans coming to show support in these really important games.’
Tickets for this game are still available to purchase online and are priced at £9 for adults and £1 for juniors (under 20) and seniors (65 or over).
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Chelsea will be running a subsidised supporter’s coach on Sunday 23 February for our top of the table clash against Manchester City.