Ladies preview: We’re prepared

Maren Mjelde thinks last weekend's hard-fought win over Arsenal will prove to be great preparation for Chelsea Ladies' Continental Tyres Cup semi-final at Kingsmeadow on Sunday.

The Blues welcome Manchester City to KT1 with the victors taking a place in the final of a competition we have never previously won.

As well as being the current holders of the Continental Tyres Cup – having won it in 2016 before the competition was put on hold last year during the transition to a winter season – City hold a two-point lead over us in the WSL1 standings.

However, Mjelde is glad her side go into the contest after such a difficult match against Arsenal, who are one of the top sides in the country.

'I felt we hadn't played a tough match like this since the Champions League, really,' said the Norwegian, who scored our first goal in a 3-2 win. 'It was hard having such a good opponent in the first game back, but we had a good week of training and we were prepared, just as we will be for this game.

'It was really important to win, as we know we can't lose many points in this league because then the trophy can be gone.

'Now we play Manchester City, which is going to be tough, but these are the games we really want to play. We're all so motivated for this game and to reach the final.'

Our winning goal against Arsenal was an own-goal created by a shot from substitute, and debutant, Jonna Andersson and the old cliche of having goals throughout the team is one Mjelde feels is applicable to the Chelsea Ladies set-up.

'We're a really strong team with so many goalscorers in our team – I feel everyone can score,' said the 28-year-old, who is one of 13 players to net for the Blues this term.

'We have so many quality players in the squad, which is really good for us, and everybody can play. The bench is always so strong and the girls that come in make a difference also.'