Chelsea women had their best football season yet in the just concluded 20/21 season. They have had incredible performances in England and Europe. But they lost the UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL) final to FC Barcelona Femeni. The defeat on European stage is all everyone, but their fans will remember from this season.
Chelsea have limited UWCL experience. Having been knocked out by VFL Wolfsburg and Lyon on several occasions. They even failed to qualify for 19/20 UWCL after finishing 3rd in the 18/19 Women’s Super League (WSL). Chelsea has been able to upgrade their squad and facilities ever since then.
Chelsea: The Journey
Roman Abramovic the Chelsea owner has openly supported Emma Hayes the manager and the team. Abramovic is in the minority as an owner who cares about the women’s team in the club. Chelsea have been able to make record transfers for the likes of Pernille Harder and Sam Kerr.
Chelsea ranked second best behind Barcelona the UWCL winner by UEFA this 20/21 season. They were ranked first till the final was concluded at Gothenburg. They registered convincing wins against top ranked teams like VFL Wolfsburg, FC Bayern, Manchester City and Arsenal over the season.
Chelsea have proven themselves match after match. Those who watched them play for the first time in the UWCL final will not understand the praises the squad gets. They have built a team that relies on the starting XI as much as the bench. The luxury of having players on your bench that could easily start in a lot of teams. Calling on them to be game changers when necessary.
Chelsea also signed young talented players in Niamh Charles, Jessie Flemming, Zecira Musovic. For the upcoming season they have already signed Aniek Nouwen a young dutch defender with international and club experience. They have also been linked to Lauren James a young attacking player who got are first England call-up for the senior team in 2020.
They have put themselves on a path that could potentially lead to European glory in a few years. With the influx of talent in women’s football both on the pitch and part of the backroom staff. Top teams no longer have monopoly over the best talents. They are presently the most resilient team I have followed. For the foreseeable future, they are always going to be in the conversation when the best teams are mentioned.
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