Women’s Super League: Chelsea’s Sam Kerr reveals final day title fight with Arsenal nervous and exciting | Soccer News

Even the best players in the world are getting nervous for the big games as Chelsea’s Sam Kerr admits she is feeling slightly tense about the Women’s Super League final day title showdown at the weekend.

Kerr’s Chelsea – who host Manchester United this Sunday lunchtime, live on Sky Sports – are a point clear of title rivals Arsenal, who travel to West Ham, with just one matchday remaining of the season.

The Blues just need to improve on the Gunners’ weekend result to clinch back-to-back WSL titles, with the Aussie admitting she’s confident due to last season’s experience of winning the league, but nervous at the same time due to the desire to win trophies.

“I think it’s a bit of both. [nervous and exciting]”, she told Sky Sports exclusively after collecting her Football Writers’ Association trophy. “I was nervous all week before I cared so much and wanted to win so much. We are Chelsea – we wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I would much rather be in our place than anyone else with this in our hands. And at the same time it was the same title race last year with Man City, we’re in it. regulars so it’s nothing new and we’ll take advantage of it.”

Arsenal’s Leah Williamson and Chelsea’s Sam Kerr in action at Meadow Park

Even though this weekend is very different from any other game day, Kerr – who has scored 23 goals in 25 games this season – will still rely on his usual game routine to get through this.

“I am very superstitious! added the 28-year-old. “Normally I don’t come to an awards night on Thursdays [before a game]!

“I just like to have the same meal the night before, spaghetti bolognese and a lot of coffee in the morning. And then relax, relax. I wore the same boots which are just way beyond their wear and people have been saying my boots are dirty!But we win so there’s no way I’m throwing those boots away.

“I have a pair of socks which are my lucky socks but they broke but I always carried them in my bag – just weird stuff that footballers do.”

Kerr praises Hayes and WSL for their improvement

Although the Australian has been in and among the goals this season, her work off the ball has been equally impressive and it has allowed her to continue to develop as a player.

Kerr not only hails Chelsea boss Emma Hayes for this slight tweak to her game, but the entire Women’s Super League in general.

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Chelsea striker Sam Kerr has been crowned Women’s Footballer of the Year 2021/22 by the Football Writers’ Association.

“I think in women’s football it’s [working off the ball and pressing] becomes more important. My job is to score goals, but the most important thing is to defend from the front, not to make it easier for the defenders.

“I’m proud to score goals but I never give up, I will always do my best and even if you don’t score or have your best game as a striker, the most important thing is that you work for it. the team.

“I’m equally excited when we score that goal in Manchester with Jessie Fleming, I had nothing to do with the goal – no assist, no stat – but the pressure on the keeper allowed her to snatch the ball and it’s really rewarding to let your teammates take control of the game.

Sam Kerr scores Chelsea's second goal

“I think one of the reasons Emma Hayes and I clicked is because we both have these similar traits in a striker with a lot of work off the ball. I think she just allowed me to be the player that I am and she understands the person I am.

“I’m not the type of player who can sit in a room and do a movie session for an hour. We do 10-minute movie sessions and a lot of coaching on the pitch which I like.

“I learn visually and Emma chooses one or two things and works on them throughout the season. It’s respect and mutual understanding that allows me to become the best player.”

Watch Chelsea vs Manchester United as the WSL title is decided on Sunday, live from 11am on Sky Sports Main Event, Football and Showcase

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