Mjelde: Making it work in the middle

Maren Mjelde discussed her return to the starting line-up and the Chelsea Ladies central midfield dynamic ahead of our trip to Yeovil Town on Wednesday.

The Blues continue our push for top spot in the WSL1 when we take on the league’s bottom club, a game which kicks off at 7.45pm.

We go into the match on the back of five straight clean sheets, the most recent of which came at Kingsmeadow on Sunday when we beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 6-0 to progress to the Women’s FA Cup quarter-finals.

 Mjelde picture with Ji So-Yun, one of the players she partners in the Chelsea Ladies' midfield.

Mjelde was back in the starting XI for the first time since our game against Manchester City at the beginning of February, lining up alongside Ji So-Yun in the middle of the park.

‘Ji is probably the most offensive midfield player we have, so when I play with her I feel I have more defensive responsibility,’ she said of her partnership with the South Korean.

‘When I play with Katie [Chapman], she can go and I can stay, or I can go and she can stay. We are both probably more defensive players.

‘I feel we have a lot of leaders, but when your captain is not playing it is when people need to take extra responsibility. I feel we did that against Doncaster.

‘Either way, it was good for me to start again, as I haven’t played too much since the City game. I just wanted to get into the game again and play. Overall I am satisfied with my performance.’

Our second league meeting with Manchester City is on the horizon this Saturday, but Mjelde’s eyes are firmly fixed on the Ladies’ next opponents.

‘A game away at Yeovil needs to be taken seriously,’ she said. ‘Only after that we can start to think about the City game.’