28 February 2020

Chelsea's Magdalena Eriksson on the real reason the Blues want to lift the Continental Cup

Chelsea's Magda Eriksson says the club have had their eyes on the Continental Cup trophy since the beginning of the season.

It is the only piece of silverware the club has never won, in fact they have never reached the final before.

On Saturday, the Blues face Arsenal who have won the League Cup five times and Eriksson knows the threat the Gunners pose.

"It’s going to be really tight and we’re going to have to fight and earn all our chances. They are obviously going to discuss that game and be extra hungry to beat us,” she told The Guardian.

As well as winning the trophy for the first time, the Blues' motivation for victory is to stop their manager, Emma Hayes, talking about it.

“It’s been like our mantra the whole year, the Continental Cup. ‘We’ve never won this, we’ve never won this'. It has been the fuel in every game we’ve played in the tournament," said Eriksson.

"I think we are all, honest to God, a bit tired of Emma [Hayes, the manager] saying it, so we said ‘OK, now we’re going to win this so she can’t say it any more'."

Eriksson is also excited to face up against Arsenal's star striker Vivianne Miedema.

“I love that about this league. I get the opportunity to play and train against the best strikers in the world.

"As a defender, I learn so much every day just from looking at Fran Kirby, Sam Kerr, Beth England, and now playing against Ellen White and Miedema. Within the game you have your game with the player, which is really exciting.”

Chelsea v Arsenal kicks off at 5.30pm this Saturday.

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