The Blues secured a first-ever win at Academy Stadium in style, as Emma Hayes’s side crushed their rivals to stay secured in 2nd in the Women’s Super League. In an emphatic display, it ended Manchester City 0-4 Chelsea.
After the midweek thrashing of Servette in Switzerland, Emma Hayes once again rotated her side. Ann Katrin-Berger came back into the net, with Millie Bright, Jess Carter and Magda Eriksson. Erin Cuthbert and Guro Reiten started as wingbacks, with Ji So-Yun and Melanie Leupolz in the midfield pivot. Fran Kirby and Jessie Fleming supported Sam Kerr in attack.
The Blues were looking to take advantage of the Cityzen’s poor start to games this season and they did so. Again, it was self-destructive. A poor kick from Taeib put Alex Greenwood under pressure and Jessie Fleming pounced. The in-form Canadian stayed cool under pressure to put the Blues 1-0 up.Embed from Getty Images
Chelsea survived a wave of City possession, whilst limiting them to long-range efforts. City were unlucky to not earn a penalty as AKB looked to have caught Lauren Hemp as she looked to get her shot off. However, right before the half-time whistle, the away side applied the sucker punch. A pacey counter-attack led by Ji found Reiten with a backpost cross. Her header back found Kerr who swept home from close range.Embed from Getty Images
Chelsea were buoyed by the second goal and set about killing the game off completely. A short corner on the 55th minute saw Emma Hayes’s side completely bamboozle the home side’s defence. Eventually, Cuthbert laid off to Kirby and she clipped a clever finish into the far corner to make it 3.Embed from Getty Images
Barely minutes later, they grabbed the fourth. Again it was from a corner. This time, a more conventional delivery straight onto the head of skipper Magda Eriksson who glanced her header into the corner of the net.
Although City made some attacking changes, they struggled to make headway as Chelsea saw the game out. A solitary late effort from Lauren Hemp was saved by Berger. The final whistle was greeted with jubilation as Manchester City 0-4 Chelsea meant the Blues had finally won at Etihad Campus.
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Final Thoughts: Manchester City 0-4 Chelsea
A big win for Chelsea against a usually stubborn foe means they stay 2nd in WSL, but are now just 1 point behind Arsenal, and with a healthy boost to their goal difference. They are back in UWCL action this week with the reverse against Servette.