There’s a glaring empty spot in Chelsea FC Women’s (domestic) trophy cabinet, and boss Emma Hayes is determined to rectify that situation this weekend. (There’s a distinct absence of European cups as well, but we’re working on that, too.)
Chelsea have won the WSL three times since 2015 and the Women’s FA Cup twice in that same span, but success in the Conti Cup, the WSL’s equivalent to the League Cup, has completely eluded the team. Not only have Chelsea failed to win this competition, we have yet to even make a final in the eight previous editions. In fact, only Arsenal (5) and Manchester City (3) have ever won it, alternating the last six years.
But this weekend sees the Blues in the final for the first time. And there’s only one thing on Hayes’ mind.
“This is Arsenal’s trophy, the one they have dominated and won the most. They will defend the title with all their might. I expect a fight and an aggressive performance from them.
“I think it’s shocking, we’ve fallen at the final hurdle every time, so to make this jump feels like unfinished business.
“This is a trophy we haven’t won, I’ve seen the determination from the team this season that perhaps I haven’t seen in previous years in this competition. It’s one the team are desperate to get their hands on.”
-Emma Hayes; source: NewsChain
The only game Chelsea have lost all season was on penalties to Reading in a dead rubber group stage match earlier in this competition. We’ve beaten Arsenal twice already (both in the league). Let’s make it a third!
“Getting to this final has been our challenge, you can’t win something you’re not in.
“It’s the first one of the domestic campaign so of course it matters. Does it influence things either side of that? I don’t think so. But it would be nice to go into the international break with our first title, our first trophy of the season.
“This is one that we really, really want to win.”
-Emma Hayes; source: Sky Sports
In the grand scheme of things, the League Cup is the least important competition, and Chelsea remain on course for the WSL crown (regaining the upper hand after the dramatic 3-3 draw away to Manchester City) and are into the quarterfinals of the FA Cup as well.
But we are here, so it’s time to win it, and add it to the trophy cabinet!
The Conti Cup final is this Saturday, 5.30pm kick-off at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground, and will be televised on BT Sport 1 (and hopefully The FA Player as well).