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Spurs looking to bounce back and dent Chelsea's WSL hopes

2024/05/15 10:23

Tottenham Hotspur host Chelsea in the WSL this evening where they could make or break Emma Hayes' final season as they look to bounce back from FA Cup defeat.

Despite earning a 2-2 draw against Manchester United in the league last month, Spurs found themselves outclassed on the big stage at Wembley going down to a 4-0 defeat.

With Chelsea needing a win to go back to the top of the table going into the final round of games this weekend, Tottenham have the possibility of putting Manchester City in the driving seat should they get a positive result.

It won't be easy, of course. Not only are Chelsea a top team but they have also defeated tonight's opponents in every game so far – 13 wins, with 39 goals scored compared to Spurs' 8 goals scored.

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When the two sides met at the start of the season Chelsea edged to a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge thanks to goals from Mia Fishel and Lauren James. Martha Thomas pulled one back with Spurs probably putting in their best-ever performance against their London rivals.

"In one way, it’s good that this game comes so soon after the last one because you want to play and see if you can get back on track, that’s the easy part," Robert Vilahamn said going into this game.

"Chelsea at home is a big game for us, so mentally and physically, it is not too much to recover and go into this game.

"They will have had a long training week which is good for them but we train to play two games a week and we should be able to do it. Hopefully, we find new energy tomorrow and have a good performance. We also have a big squad, so we can find ways during the game to make sure we have good energy.

"Hopefully, we can use the loss at the weekend to make sure that we have even more energy to go and beat Chelsea tomorrow."

But all the pressure will be on Chelsea to get themselves back on top and avoid a surprise trophyless season in Emma Hayes' final campaign.

"You can’t win everything all of the time," said the USA-bound coach in the build-up to this game.

"But to be in a position to compete for our fifth title in five years, I’d like to see another team do that over the next five years. The reason I say that is nobody really understands how hard that is to keep winning.

"To be in a position to compete for that, that’s all I wanted the team to be in. I just want them to enjoy the next two games."

Whether it will be enjoyment or nerves remains to be seen but even if Chelsea do manage to win and go top of the table the final day of the season won't be easy.

Manchester City face a trip to seventh-placed Aston Villa while Chelsea will take on newly-crowned FA Cup winners Manchester United.



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2024-05-15 11h56m by hturnerford
As a passionate Chelsea fan, I am disappointed to see our recent FA Cup defeat. However, I believe this match against Tottenham will be crucial in securing our spot at the top of the table. With our track record against them, I have no doubt that we will come out on top once again. Let's go Chelsea, let's bring home the win!
2024-05-15 11h33m by jgibsonson
As a Chelsea fan, I am feeling disappointed over Emma Hayes' final season. It's been a tough few months, especially with the FA Cup defeat, but I have faith that the team will bounce back and come out on top in the WSL match against Tottenham tonight. We've had a strong record against them and I hope we can continue that streak and secure a win to reclaim the top spot in the table. Come on Chelsea!
2024-05-15 11h03m by sparkerfield
As a Tottenham Hotspur fan, I am eager to see how our team will perform against Chelsea tonight in the WSL. We need to bounce back after our FA Cup defeat and show that we can compete with the top teams. It won't be easy, but I have faith in our players. Let's go, Spurs!
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