Chelsea boss Emma Hayes says ‘wounded’ Arsenal will double their efforts for WSL derby clash | Football News

first_img“I have huge respect for Arsenal and, knowing that they are wounded from last weekend, I always pay even more respect to a team that’s been defeated.“I know what defeat feels like and the natural response is to double their efforts. That’s what I’m expecting from them.“Arsenal are a top team, they have been in my tenure here. Ever since I’ve been in the women’s game they’ve been the biggest club in this country.- Advertisement – Joe Montemurro’s Arsenal had won their first five league matches before a 1-0 defeat to United last weekend.Reigning champions Chelsea are two points behind the Gunners having maintained their unbeaten start with a 4-0 win at home to Everton on Sunday. Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson is targeting the club’s first Champions League title after committing her future to the club Asked if she expects the Arsenal game to have added intensity, Hayes said: “There always is. Both teams know each other inside and out.- Advertisement – Chelsea boss Emma Hayes is expecting Arsenal to “double their efforts” for this weekend’s derby clash after suffering their first league defeat of the season.The two London sides meet in one of two rivalry games across Women’s Football Weekend, with Women’s Super League leaders Manchester United facing Manchester City on Saturday.- Advertisement – “They are always in and around the hunt for trophies every season.“They score more goals than any other team, their attacking and build-up play is exceptional and they’ve got players who have won major honours.“I know it will be a huge test because derby games are not normal games, there is a lot at stake and there’s a lot of unpredictability to the game.”Eriksson targeting first Champions League title for Chelsea – Advertisement – 1:32 Arsenal were beaten 1-0 by Casey Stoney's Manchester United last weekendImage:Arsenal were beaten 1-0 by Casey Stoney’s Manchester United last weekend preview image Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson is aiming to lead her side to a new era of dominance after committing her future to the club.The full-back has agreed a new deal until 2023 and the aim of winning Chelsea’s first Champions League is one of her biggest motivating factors.“We are not shy about our goals, we want to win everything we participate in,” Eriksson told Sky Sports News.“It’s the biggest tournament and we have our eyes set on it. We missed it last year, it was devastating to watch other teams play when you’re not in it.“We’re hungry this year, we’re on the right path, I have a core belief we can do it.”last_img read more

Rangers coach unhappy with club’s domestic league performance

first_imgRelatedPosts Cleric urges Christians to avoid ill-gotten wealth to attain greatness in life It’s unfair to discuss 2023 election now, opposition tells Enugu PDP After 13 years of enmity, Enugu ex-Governors in closed door meeting Amobi Ezeaku, Team Manager, Rangers International FC of Enugu, has expressed worries at the club’s performance in the domestic league. He said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Enugu that efforts must be made to pull the club out of the relegation zone. “It is painful that a club of Rangers status finds itself at the relegation zone of the domestic league, but we believe that this is temporary,” he said. Ezeaku said the players would have a busy working schedule during the festive season in preparation for the matches ahead. “We do not have any time for rest, we have to prepare for our continental engagements. “We have a match to honour in Mauritania against Nouadhibou FC on Dec. 28, we want to prepare for it,” he said. He said that though the encounter with the Mauritanian side would not be an easy ride, Rangers would endeavour to come out victorious. The coach commended the efforts of the club’s management to spur the players to perform better. He said that management was working towards ensuring that players who would assist the club to win matches were rewarded. “A win in either continental competition or the domestic league will end the club’s woeful result. “So we need to build our confidence, we want to achieve a win against the Nuoadhiduo of Mauritania,” he said.Tags: Amobi EzeakuEnugu StateRangers International FCRelegation zonelast_img read more

Almost as many goals as the Chelsea team! No wonder Blues want ‘prolific versatile attacker’ as Costa replacement

first_img Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller 1 Here, offer analysis on a player linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. For more Chelsea stats, check out main talking point from Tottenham’s monotonous 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Sunday was Diego Costa’s touchline antics. Jose Mourinho’s decision not to start his main striker naturally caught the attention of supporters, while a reluctance to introduce him to the fold resulted in the Spain international tossing his bib into the north London wind on the touchline. Narrative dictated that – as indeed was the case – said bib should end up falling in the direction of his manager.Costa has since been strongly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge and some suggest he has already played his final game for the club. Mourinho intimated that all was well following a half time spat between the two in the 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League, though that does not appear to be the case after the forward played no part in the London derby.Despite scoring the winner in the 1-0 win over Norwich the previous week, it’s fair to say Costa’s form has nosedived since a stunning debut campaign last year that saw him score 20 league goals, with his rating dropping from 7.43 to 6.77.Now the Blues are supposedly ready to entertain offers for the feisty frontman, but they would need a player to come in and spearhead their attack.Chelsea are rumoured to be monitoring the situation of numerous strikers across the Continent, the latest of which is Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller. The Germany international was heavily linked with a switch to Manchester United over the summer, though Bayern were naturally keen to rebuff any offers for the ‘Raumdeuter’.Their understandable reluctance to sell was justified as Muller has enjoyed a wonderful campaign so far and his rating (7.71) is the sixth best in the Bundesliga this season. The 26-year-old’s 13 league goals ranks behind only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (17) and Bayern team-mate Robert Lewandowksi (14) this term, as he continues to maximise his knack for finding space to hit the back of the net.It isn’t his goalscoring ability alone that stands him in good stead, either. Only three players in the German top flight this season have played more key passes than Muller (30), accentuating his statistically calculated strength of ‘key passes’.However, it’s his goalscoring qualities Chelsea understandably crave. The Blues have scored just 17 league goals this season, a far cry from the 33 they netted after the opening 14 games last term. Of the 43 players to score at least three Bundesliga goals thus far, Muller boasts the sixth best conversion rate (30.2 per cent) in the league. Furthermore, all 13 of his league goals have come inside the penalty area, 12 of which have been deemed clear-cut goalscoring opportunities.While four of his 13 league goals have come from the penalty spot, Muller still has the nous to get into great goalscoring positions. Judging from his goal return already this season – he needs just one more to make this his most prolific in the last seven league campaigns – he maximises the chances presented to him.Of course, Muller is not an out-and-out striker and instead operates better behind a frontman. Though that’s not to say he can’t fill the void on the frontline, but rather as a false-9, similar to Eden Hazard’s role in the goalless draw at Spurs.At the 2014 World Cup, Muller started four of Germany’s seven games as the lead striker, further highlighting his versatility to spearhead the attack. Chelsea, though, are unlikely to convince Bayern to sell one of their star men, unless they offer a world record fee, much like United were supposedly prepared to do in the summer transfer window.Nevertheless, if they are willing to spend big on a new frontman in the New Year, they could do a lot worse than move for Muller.For more stats on Thomas Muller, click here to view his player pagelast_img read more