The Barclay’s Women’s Super League Champions of the season 2019/20 – known as Chelsea FC Women got to lift the shield today after an impressive 2-0 win against last year’s Women’s FA-CUP winners, Manchester City Women at Wembley.
It turned out to be an excellent Saturday for the Blues’ and their supporters. When the final whistle had sounded at Wembley Stadium Chelsea FC Women’s captain, Magdalena Eriksson could lift the silverware high up in the air while celebrating with her teammates.
Chelsea FC Women picked up where they left off last season by winning the first match of the new domestic season.
Both teams had several chances to score in the first half, although both teams left the pitch goalless going into the break. Australian international Sam Kerr had more than one opportunity to score before the first 45 minutes were coming to an end. With that being said, Manchester City also had a massive chance to get the lead after hitting the post after a return save coming from Chelsea’s keeper Ann-Katrin Berger.
Coming back from the break, the chances from both sides kept on coming. The game-changer was probably when Manchester City player, Jill Scott was sent off, after receiving her second yellow card this afternoon when she was a bit late into combat with Ji So-Yun.
With just ten players vs Chelsea’s eleven, the dark blue side picked up the pace, and it would eventually pay off. While Chelsea’s strikers have had their chances to put our side in the lead, it wasn’t one-up the front that finally found the back of the net. No, the 1-0 goal was the result of centre-back Millie Bright’s stunning strike from a distance, which City’s goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck was nowhere near to be able to save.
That unleashing bracer of a strike flew into the top corner behind Roebuck who got to see Bright and her teammates celebrate a true wondergoal, that certainly can be up for a contender to the goal of this upcoming season.
Substitute Erin Cutberth then later sealed the deal when putting 2-0 in stoppage time after being nicely put up in the middle of the box from her teammates.
Some standout players
Fran Kirby, who hasn’t played a game for months, acted as nothing had happened and that she’d never been away from the game. She certainly looked like she was back to where she belongs – back out on the pitch, wearing a dark blue jersey playing football. Kirby was moving around with ease and seemed happy to be back. Her linking up with Norweigan international Maren Mjelde on the right-hand side was a joy to watch and when she showed her qualities, picking up the pace, setting up Kerr for what everyone expected to end up with a goal you could definitely see that Kirby is healthy and well again
Another player worth mention is Melanie Leupolz. The German international had earned Emma Hayes trust already taking place in the starting formation. Leupolz played solid and showed why she was already a starter. An experienced player with the ability to add a lot to the Blues’ midfield this season. For a new player, in a new league, she looked like she had never done anything else than playing WSL-football.
Looking at some stats, skipper Magdalena Eriksson led her side throughout the game, while showing her own defending skills that can only be described as world-class.
A season to look forward to
With this being said, the upcoming season as a blue supporter seems to be a dream.
Although looking rusty from time to time, they still won against Manchester City, that had played at least two known friendlies ahead of today’s clash.
Let’s go Blues’! Let the season begin!