In 2016, Christmas came a little early for Chelsea fans in the form of new signing Ramona Bachmann.
In the first week of December, it was announced that we had successfully signed the Swiss Forward from Wolfsburg and now that I think about it, completing this signing was one of the first steps we made towards building a solid team that would be a force to be reckoned with not only in England but in Europe and every else really.
The talented forward was coming into a Chelsea team that was already on fire; we had just won the double the previous year and were looking to compete in the Champions league for the 3rd consecutive time, so this move looked like a perfect one for both Rammy, as we call her here, and Chelsea.
Bachmann began her career very early in her home country Switzerland. It didn’t take long for the footballing world to recognize what a talent she was and in 2007, at just 16, she made a move to Swedish club Umeå IK where she spent some time playing alongside the great Marta of Brazil.
Two years after her move to Umeå IK, she performed at the international level with Switzerland at the U19 Euros. Her efforts weren’t enough to send Switzerland to the Finals but they were enough to earn her the competition’s best player award.
She was alive again for her homeland in 2015 as Switzerland qualified for their first ever World Cup. By this time, a good chunk of the footballing world already knew what to expect from her and so her amazing performances didn’t exactly take us by surprise.
Her playing history has seen her play in America, Sweden for most of her years and then Germany and has seen her improve and taste some form of success at various levels.
Her time with us
Bachmann has had a decent few years with us. Last December made it 3 years with us and in that time she’s been crucial to some of our successes.
Her first season saw her have the perfect striking relationship with our main striker at the time, Fran Kirby.
She introduced herself to the FA WSL in style by scoring 4 times in her first 3 games, including a debut goal versus Doncaster Rovers Belles in our 2017 Spring Series Season.
Seeing her drop amazing performances week in week out was enough to know that she’d be with us for sometime and in 2018 she signed a 2 year contract extension that’s seen her stay with us till now.
Her style of play is exciting because she is as versatile as can be. Sure enough she’ll get you some goals and assists but what’s more is her impressive off the ball movement and hard pressing up top when our opponents are in possession of the ball. Pairing her with our lethal strikers as we usually do, her work to win back possession in the opponents’ half usually puts us on the front foot.
One of her top qualities is her pace which has been of great help in games where we’ve had to sit back a bit and attack on the counter.
It’s also great that she’s got some tricks up her sleeve so we’re not just going to see her run into space and do nothing, we’d also anticipate some creativity when she’s in a tough spot or generally when she’s in a good mood which she mostly is in.
In all, she’s most notable for her pace, skill and technical abilities and all these have helped our gameplay one way or another.
She hasn’t made too many appearances for us in her 3 years with us, courtesy of our heavily talented squad. She’s still yet to reach 50 caps with us but she’s featured in some of our more important games and has made some important goal contributions in them.
Perhaps her most memorable time with us so far is her double in the FA Cup Finals versus Arsenal in the 2017/18 season. Her two incredibly insane goals, in front of over 40,000 spectators down at Wembley, were enough cushion for us to go on and clinch the title.
Or maybe it’s her crucial assist to Fran Kirby in our CL game versus Bayern that helped us go through the round of 32 in the 2017/2018 season or even that goal versus Rosengard in the Round of 16 of the same competition. The point is, she’s been an important part of our team and has played her part in some of the successes we have enjoyed in recent seasons.
We didn’t see much of her this season but that doesn’t scratch out the fact that she’s still that talented forward that you can count on anytime, especially on weeknights and in Cup finals against top teams.
As we anticipate the return of football, we also hope to see some more Rammy magic on the pitch in a blue shirt.