This season Chelsea have had multiple matches that were less like matches of merely earthly football, and more like arenas to test the limits of various cosmic superpowers.
The first such instance came in November when Chelsea last played Birmingham City. Ji So-yun’s beautiful free kick made it 1-0 in the second minute and from then on the entire team went about attempting to one-up it — Millie Bright scored from a run that began in our own half; Bright then provided a fifty-yard diagonal pass that Bethany England’s quick feet plucked out of the sky to make it an assist; England then provided a backheel assist in the box for a Drew Spence goal. It wasn’t a football match, it was an art gallery.
More art please.
Date / Time: Wednesday, February 12, 2020; 19:00 GMT; 2pm EST; 12:30am IST (next day)
Forecast: Mostly Cloudy, 43°F/6°C
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Chelsea team news: No Ji, no Kerr, both away on international duty. Ji did score in South Korea’s match against Vietnam, while Kerr came on as a substitute as The Matildas steamrolled another opponent (they play China next, which will certainly be their toughest qualifier yet).
Still no update on the status of Fran Kirby, but Maria Thorisdóttir is training with the team and may be ready for some minutes soon.
Birmingham City team news: Birmingham will likely be packing it in defensively and trying to frustrate Chelsea, but if they do manage to spring out, midfielder Lucy Staniforth leads the team with three assists and forward Abbi Grant is their leading goalscorer with two goals.
Those numbers aren’t particularly impressive, but since Birmingham have only scored five goals in the league, it makes the task for Millie Bright & Co in defense quite clear.
Previously: 6-0; bask in the highlights
Sauce Moment of the Week: Birmingham were the opposition when Millie Bright assisted Bethany England for what I still think is the goal of the season. Watch in awe.