Sprinting into the break: reflecting on Chelsea’s season so far

Lauren James of Chelsea celebrates with teammate Sophie Ingle (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Lauren James of Chelsea celebrates with teammate Sophie Ingle (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) /
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A detailed view of the corner flag of Chelsea promoting the Rainbow Laces campaign in the FA Women’s Super League (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images) /

Whether it is the stability that Sophie Ingle provides in the middle of the pitch or the quality that Johanna Rytting Kaneryd has shown in just her first few matches in blue, it almost seems like every player on this deep roster has made a contribution at some point so far. Arsenal is going to be a difficult hill to climb, but Chelsea will cross that path when the time comes. At the moment, the Blues are coming off a critical win over Marc Skinner’s squad, and a statement win at Kingsmeadow against Vllaznia in their last Champions League matchup.

There are rumors that Hayes could be back on the sideline sooner rather than later, and with that boost of energy, Chelsea is only going to add to the undefeated success it saw with Denise Reddy at the helm. Heading into the international window, general manager Paul Green expressed his feelings about the team going forward, stating:

"There is definitely more to come throughout the season. We are getting better and stronger with each performance. We look forward to seeing where this team can go. It’s the best squad we’ve ever had. We feel really confident with the business we did in the summer and where the squad is at…We’ve got to try and take this momentum into the upcoming games once they’re back from the international break and see where it can take us.”"

Each performance by the Blues teaches their competition something. From Chelsea’s ability to grind out a result in a muddy Crawley against Brighton to Millie Bright becoming the hero in the Champions League on the road at Paris Saint-Germain, the Blues always show something different in each result, making the task for the opposition an insurmountable one.