As fixture congestion begins to take its toll on Chelsea Ladies, Everton have the chance to derail the Blues' title ambitions tonight. The Toffees' Chloe Kelly reckons her side can put one over the table-toppers, despite losing 2-1 to Arsenal in the semis of the SSE FA Women's Cup on the same weekend Chelsea
As fixture congestion begins to take its toll on Chelsea Ladies, Everton have the chance to derail the Blues’ title ambitions tonight.
The Toffees’ Chloe Kelly reckons her side can put one over the table-toppers, despite losing 2-1 to Arsenal in the semis of the SSE FA Women’s Cup on the same weekend Chelsea knocked out Manchester City. The 20-year-old forward, who scored from the penalty spot against her former side in Sunday’s cup defeat, reckons tonight’s clash with the Blues in Widnes should hold no fear for the Toffees.
“At the weekend, I think we showed what we have been doing all season,” said Kelly. “We have a great character in our team and we’ve run the top teams close in all of the games that we’ve played against them this season.
“We’re disappointed in not getting a result at the weekend but we showed good character to get back into it and I’m proud of the team for doing that, and hopefully, on Wednesday night, we can show again what we’re made of.
“I think Chelsea are a great team. They have some great individuals. As a team, they work hard and with the ball, they’re a great team.
“I think our game plan is to stop them but show what we can do as well. We’ve done that all season; not being afraid of the top teams but performing in the big games.
“I think we shouldn’t get too caught up in the occasion, relax, and show what we can do.”
Kelly, who has found the net 10 times so far this season, was initially due to spend 2017-18 on loan at Everton, but in January her move from the Gunners was made permanent.
The England Under-20s international loves life in the north west. “At a young age, moving up from London, it was difficult at first but I’m comfortable here at Everton, enjoying my football and showing what I can do on the pitch, and I feel like I’ve got a great team behind me.”
Everton v Chelsea kicks off at 7pm.
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