Ramona Bachmann was one of the collection of close-season big signings when she joined Chelsea in January 2017, and the sprightly attacker lit up her first full season in England with a stunning brace to settle the Women’s FA Cup final.
It quickly became apparent why Emma Hayes had been so keen to bring her to these shore as Bachmann immediately sprinkled a touch of stardust on an already talented squad and, more importantly, added the ability to settle any game with a moment of genius.
Having marked her debut against Doncaster with a goal, she produced two exceptional efforts against Sunderland in the Women’s FA Cup quarter-final, and another strike in the win over Yeovil made it four goals in her first three matches with the Blues.
She eventually finished with six strikes from seven starts and four sub appearances in all competitions by the end of the 2017 Spring Series, as silverware was lifted by the club, and her seemingly telepathic link-up with Fran Kirby in the win at Bristol City boded well for the future.
Bachmann's on-pitch understanding with fellow forward Fran Kirby caused plenty of opposition defences countless problems throughout 2017/18, even if the statistics don’t reflect just how much of an influence the Swiss star had on our campaign.
Her tireless running off the ball set the tone for our pressing, particularly on the big Champions League nights, which she lit up with key assists, most notably for Kirby’s memorable goal away to Bayern Munich, and with a vital goal against former club Rosengard.
A third of her tally of six goals from 27 appearances came on the biggest stage in English football, in front of 45,000 supporters at Wembley Stadium, where she netted a match-winning brace against Arsenal as Chelsea lifted the trophy for the second time. A week earlier she had added two years to her contract with the message from her manager that she had the potential to be a future Ballon d’Or winner.
Bachmann also ended the campaign by lifting the WSL1 trophy and having been nominated by her peers for the PFA Women’s Player of the Year award, one of five Blues in the running for the prize which was eventually won by Kirby.
Prior to joining Chelsea, Bachmann had excelled at both club and international level in a variety of attacking roles. She boasted a record exceeding a goal every two games during her 80-plus appearances for Switzerland, for whom she debuted as a 16-year-old before winning the Golden Player award at the 2009 UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championships. High among her greatest international achievements is helping the Swiss qualify for their maiden Women’s World Cup in 2015 and she was her country’s star player at Euro 2017.
She loves to drive her team up the pitch, describing herself as a fast player with a fondness for dribbling, and she linked up with another Chelsea forward, Eniola Aluko, in the USA team Atlanta Beat during the Women’s Professional Soccer expansion season in 2010.
After an injury-hit spell in the States, Bachmann returned to Sweden where she had played previously, rejoining Umea and subsequently moving to the league powerhouse Malmo. Playing alongside notable names such as Marta and Anja Mittag, it was there the youngster grew into a world-class footballer.
She is a Chelsea fan since childhood.