A couple months after Chelsea sent shockwaves through the football world by signing superstar Sam Kerr, the Aussie goal-machine was lifting her first trophy wearing Blue last night. Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-1 in a most dramatic Conti Cup final, with Kerr playing a key role in the late winner from Bethany England.
We all join her in hoping it’s the first trophy of many.
“It’s no secret I came to Chelsea to win trophies and this is one of three boxes ticked for this year.”
“We’re definitely going to celebrate tonight but come tomorrow and come after the international break it’s back to work. You’ve got to enjoy these moments, they don’t come around often as a footballer, so we’ll enjoy this one. It does make us hungrier and there’s a lot to do.”
One down, two to go ... and that’s just this season. Chelsea have a very good chance at the treble, controlling our own destiny in the league and into the final eight of the FA Cup.
As manager Emma Hayes reflected last night, Chelsea weren’t necessarily the best team on the night, but were the more resilient of the two powerhouse sides. And sometimes, especially in cup finals, that’s what actually matters. Both Chelsea and Arsenal are tremendous teams, but we wanted it more.
Hayes up. "The better did not win the game, the most resilient team won the game. To win the game knowing they out possessed us, out footballed us, shows me how great our team is." pic.twitter.com/RIseBr5G1q— Rich Laverty (@RichJLaverty) February 29, 2020
Kerr wholeheartedly concurred as well.
“Obviously, it wasn’t easy tonight, but we got the job done and that’s all that matters really.
“The whole team already knew we had that in us, but it shows a lot of other people we have that in us. We showed we’re not going to give up and tonight was a team effort, not just for tonight but for however long it’s taken us to get here.
“To do it with this group, it’s an amazing feeling.”
The 26-year-old striker has not yet to set the goalscoring charts afire in England — she’s left that to a certain Bethany England, to great effect — but she’s also still adjusting to life at Chelsea and living in London. She’s not been a huge fan of the cold and dreary English winter, in fact, but winning thing certainly makes it easier to cope.
“I’ve been really enjoying it. The team has been amazing, they’ve helped me a lot, the hardest part has probably been the cold. It’s just been hard to adjust to, I’m not used to it or playing in freezing cold weather and I’ve picked up a few injuries from it.
“But the club’s amazing, the staff are amazing, the team is amazing and I’m actually really enjoying living in London.”
“I still think I have so much more to give and honestly the hardest part is just getting to know how the girls play. As a striker, I want to score more but I’m not putting pressure on myself. I feel like I’m impacting the games and that’s what’s so great about this team, there’s so many players who can have an impact.”
-Sam Kerr; source: Goal
On the day that Liverpool lost their “invincibles” bid, Chelsea FCW continued rolling right along. The team’s only blip this season remains the draw and subsequent penalty shoot out loss to Reading in a dead rubber League Cup group stage match. We will resume our undefeated league season (12-3-0) in a few weeks, at home against Everton.
It’s must-watch television the rest of the way.