Chelsea set new record for unbeaten WSL run

KINGSTON UPON THAMES, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: A detailed view of the Chelsea champions flag prior to the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Chelsea Women and Manchester United Women at Kingsmeadow on January 17, 2021 in Kingston upon Thames, England. Sporting stadiums around England remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Chelsea have set a new record for the longest unbeaten run in the Women’s Super League. Their win over Aston Villa marks their 32nd match without defeat.

Two years ago on January 27, Chelsea were beaten 3-2 by Birmingham at Kingsmeadow.

But tonight at Banks’s Stadium, the Blues notched their 32nd consecutive league game without a loss. Their 4-0 win over newly promoted Villa writes their name in WSL history.

Down Memory Lane

It was a tough fight at Kingsmeadow that night when Birmingham were guests back in 2019. Ellen White was the one that secured all three points for her blue side when she hit the back of the net in injury time.

The Blues from London ended up third in the league and missed out on the chance to play in the Champions League last season. That campaign, Chelsea scored 46 goals and conceded 14.

Ahead of the 2019/20 season Emma Hayes and her squad showed from early on that Champions League football was not something Chelsea were keen on missing out on again. What looked like a somewhat nervous performance from Chelsea, they still managed to beat Tottenham 1-0.

All this in a stunning opener of the league on Stamford Bridge. Bethany England made her presence and her importance for the team known with an absolute screamer from outside the box. That goal secured the Blues’ first win of the season.

Title Winners

When Covid-19 entered the world and the WSL had to be decided by PPG, the performance against Manchester City on February 23 was crucial. For the fans, it was one of the best games all season. Both sides put their bodies on the line for their clubs.

The game ended 3-3 and the Blues would later be decided as title winners. PPG calculated a 2.6 average, compared to runners up Man City with 2.5.

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Chelsea managed to score 47 goals, even though the season was cut short and only conceded 11.

England was crowned Player of the Year for her tenacity up front for Chelsea. She opened the goalscoring at Stamford Bridge and she closed it with the 3-3 goal at the Academy Stadium. The rest is history.

What’s next for Chelsea?

Chelsea, as a football club means business in women’s football. In the summer, ahead of the ongoing season, they brought in reinforcements.

German international Melanie Leupolz, Denmark captain and superstar Pernille Harder, Canadian young talent Jessie Fleming and rising starlet Niamh Charles from Liverpool.

Charles has already shown her potential and has also been called up for the England senior team since since joining the reigning champions.

Chelsea started this season with another trophy, by lifting the Community Shield at Wembley after beating Manchester City 2-1. Their journey in the Champions League begun with a rather easy win over two legs against Benfica.

Now on an historic unbeaten run, the Blues can march on toward new records. Let’s finish this by looking at some stats over how Chelsea have improved and changed their game this season.

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What we can see from this graphic is that the defence has improved and they are moving the ball better.

Chelsea are facing much less shots on target this season, whilst attempting less pressures and recoveries. That is down to the Blues having a lot more possession of the ball.

So far into their record-breaking season, Chelsea have scored 38 goals and have conceded just six.

Will it stop at 32 games unbeaten or are Chelsea going to break their own record over and over again?

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