Ann-Katrin Berger believes her battle with thyroid cancer has made her a better player after another impressive season with Chelsea Women.
The 30-year-old goalkeeper was diagnosed in November 2017 in Birmingham, but recovered within four months and was subsequently included in the PFA Women’s Team of the Year, in addition to being named Player of the Year WSL players.
And since arriving at Chelsea in 2019, Berger’s performances have led to even more rave reviews, with Chelsea boss Emma Hayes recently hailed as ‘the best in the world’.
However, it could have been so different if the cancer diagnosis hadn’t enabled the Germany international to learn how to enjoy the game more.
Addressed exclusively to The women’s football showBerger said, “It was not a good diagnosis and it was a difficult time.
“But I think for my career it was a good thing because I came out of it stronger than ever.
“Sometimes you take things for granted and I think I probably took football for granted back then.
“So in some ways it was good because the threat to have it taken away made me love football more.”
WSL live on Sky Sports from season 2021/22
Sky Sports announced a three-year deal with the FA to become the main broadcaster for the Barclays Women’s Super League from September 2021.
As one of the most competitive leagues, with some of the most famous names and teams in the world, the WSL will be one of the Sky Sports’ flagship offers.
The deal will see Sky Sports show at least 35 exclusively live matches per season and further strengthen the broadcaster’s commitment to women’s sport.
Watch the next episode of The women’s football show Friday May 7 at 6 p.m. on Sky Sports Football.