Chelsea’s early form proves they still mean business

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Heading into this weekend’s fixtures, Chelsea sit second in the Women’s Super League, ahead of reigning champions Arsenal.

Emma Hayes’ side have won five of their six games this season. Only Brighton have stopped the Blues from 100% success, holding them to a 1-1 draw in the WSL.

Chelsea prepare to travel to West Ham this weekend, where they could realistically go top of the league.

The Blues have already played West Ham this season in the Continental Cup – with Beth England and Guro Reiten getting the goals in a 2-0 win.

If the Blues win and Manchester City falter against Arsenal, Chelsea will take the top spot.

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It was only the season before last that Chelsea were winning the league. The Blues won the WSL in its first iteration, following the Spring Series in 2017 – which they also won.

Hayes and her side prepare to feature at Rush Green after an emphatic 3-0 win against Crystal Palace in the Conti Cup. Goals from Beth England and Drew Spence saw the match out comfortably.

Why are Chelsea so used to winning?

It starts at the top with Emma Hayes in charge. Hayes is a true professional and encourages the same from her players.

She has won five major honours during her tenure as Chelsea boss, along with reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League twice. They lost to eventual champions Lyon last season.

Not only do they have a manager who has winning blood running through her veins, they have the players to fit the exact same, passionate mantra.

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Chelsea lost veteran Lioness Karen Carney to retirement after the World Cup. However, leadership is still prominent in the team.

Magdelena Eriksson was appointed as the new Chelsea captain at the start of the season and even though she didn’t expect it, she was a natural successor to Carney.

Eriksson captained her former side, Linköpings, to a Swedish title and Emma Hayes will be hoping that she can recreate that with Chelsea this season.

World-class attack

No great side is without a great attacking force. Beth England is that for Chelsea.

England has scored five goals already this season, with four of them being whilst a game was in the balance.

Beth joined Chelsea in 2016 after scoring 28 goals in 79 appearances for Doncaster Belles.

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Now at the age of 25, England is finally part of the Lionesses set-up. She has three senior caps under her belt and scored her first goal against Brazil at the start of the month.

Guro Reiten has been the perfect supporting actress to England’s lead. She has three goals of her own so far this season.

Then to still have Fran Kirby in the mix is a scary thought for opposition defences. Chelsea mean business.

If the Blues leapfrog into first place after this weekend, could they go all the way and reclaim their crown?