Chelsea 3-1 BK Häcken: 3 takeaways as Cuthbert acts as catalyst to vital UWCL win

Led by No. 22 in the middle of the pitch, Chelsea Women clinched a crucial triumph to go top of Group D in the UEFA Women's Champions League.
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1. Erin Cuthbert continues to prove she is the gift that keeps on giving for Chelsea Women

Truly, what a player No. 22 in blue is. Not once does she take her foot off the gas. When that opening whistle sounds, its full throttle. That's the Cuthbert way. She's the tone-setter. The energy lifter.

The final match of 2023 was the first time since January 2019 that the 25-year-old finished on the scoresheet twice in either the WSL or European play. During the holiday season in which we are all expressing what we're thankful for, CFCW fans should be grateful that Cuthbert will be donning the Chelsea blue until at least the summer of 2025.

Wednesday night in Sweden was yet another masterclass from the Scottish international, arguably the third straight contest in which she was the Blues' best player on the pitch. No. 22 made 13 recoveries while completing 88 percent of her passes. She just knows how to put her fingerprints all over winning. Lauren James was the only player that matched the Scot's shots on target. The difference was Cuthbert rippled the back of the net with two of them.

One left foot low drive into the bottom corner. One right foot rocket that Falk would not slow down before it crossed the line. The ex-Rangers player isn't known for her consistent goal scoring, but it has to be said, nobody deserved to put two away more than her.

Emma Hayes and Chelsea Women will be off until January 14 when the club returns for a fourth round FA Cup fixture against West Ham United at Kingsmeadow.