With just a few hours to go before the final round of games in the FA Women’s Super League Chelsea Ladies sit top of the table, two points ahead of Manchester City Women’s team with a 3 goal advantage in goal difference.
It all looks set up for Chelsea to take home the FAWSL title for the first time in their history, but having missed out on the title on the final day of the season last year they know all too well that nothing has been won yet!
Their opponents for tonight’s game are Sunderland AFC Ladies who sit 4th in the table with nothing left to play for, however they sprung one of the shocks of the season when the sides last met as they dismantled Chelsea and went on to win 4-0.
Surely though Chelsea have learnt their lesson about Sunderland and the final game of the season! Lightening couldn’t strike twice could it?
We caught up with Chelsea goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl to find out how they she and the Chelsea squad are feeling going into this winner takes all final weekend.
Earlier on in the year when we caught up you spoke about Chelsea as a club and you personally aiming to take the final step this season and win the FAWSL, with one game left and your destiny in your own hands how are you feeling about the final match day?
I feel calm. We know what we need to do and that there are no short-cuts. If we are all ready to put in the legwork we will be successful.
The last time you played Sunderland it seemed to go horribly wrong in what for many was a shock 0-4 loss, have you looked back at that game as part of your preparation? What are you planning to do differently?
Yes, we have and we’ve learned from it and are better prepared this time. Also, we know our performance wasn’t good enough and that we shall expect another level from each other. We’ve grown as a group since then.
If you miss out on the title on the final day, will this season still be seen as a success? Or is the bar at Chelsea so high that winning the league is the measure of success?
I wouldn’t call it a success although we know how competitive this league is. You are playing for Chelsea to win – even if there of course are other milestones to celebrate as well.
What would it mean to you and the club if you were to win the league?
It would mean the first time in history that this club win the league on the womens side. That means joining the other successful teams Chelsea has in house and thereby represent the club in the best possible way.
It would also mean a bit of return on investment for the club, meaning that it will show that it was the right thing to do when they decided to invest in the women’s side.