Magda Eriksson warns Chelsea will have tough test in delayed FA Cup final

Magda Eriksson has warned Chelsea will need to give all they have to complete a domestic treble this weekend.

Of the woman Super League champion take on Arsenal current leaders, in last season’s delayed FA Cup final on Sunday.

Chelsea dominated last term but the Gunners have strengthened since then and, after beating the Blues 3-2 when they met in September, they have a one-point advantage over their top rivals. .

Magda Eriksson has warned of the difficult task facing Chelsea at Wembley (Martin Rickett/PA)

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Eriksson, the Chelsea captain, said: “It will be a difficult task, we are well aware of that. They are in great form but since that game we are also in great form.

“Those are two teams that are really at their peak, would be anyone’s hand. It will be 50-50.

“It’s about us getting ready for the game and showing that we’ve learned from the previous encounter at the Emirates.

“It’s about which team is the strongest, so we’ll have to be ready to give them all we have.”

Chelsea beat Arsenal in 2018 final (Adam Davy/PA)

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Refreshing Clash London the competition of the parties in the competition. Arsenal overcame Chelsea to win the last of a record 14 trophy winners in the 2016 final but their fortunes reversed when they met again in the 2018 game.

Eriksson signed for Chelsea on that occasion three years ago and has happy memories as she set her sights on repeated success.

“It was my first really big game in England and to this day it’s still one of the best days of my career,” said the Sweden international.

“It was a great experience and hopefully it can be similar on Sunday. I consider it a good memory, but it’s been a long time. Both are teams that have gone through a lot of changes since then.

Arsenal recorded the meeting between the two sides earlier this season (Mike Egerton/PA)

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“Obviously experience in the finals is really important but you have to take it and make use of it during the day.

“Arsenal is now a stronger team – but so are we.”

The final marks the culmination of the cup’s 50th anniversary season and will be a celebration for women’s football in general.

Arsenal captain Kim Little said: “Obviously with the current finals Wembley and the larger number of games out there, I think that shows how far it has come.

“It’s a credit to all those involved in the game and as players we have to give our best on the pitch. It would be great to participate in that occasion. “

Kim Little is bidding for a fourth FA Cup win (Steven Paston/PA)

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Little is bidding for her fourth FA Cup win with Arsenal but her first since joining the club in 2017, after losing the captain in 2018.

Little, 31, who took an international break with Scotland in September, said: “Those experiences in cup finals can help.

“There are definitely things I can think of from that game (2018) that we could have done better. We want to win titles and we will be motivated to do that.” Magda Eriksson warns Chelsea will have tough test in delayed FA Cup final


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