Reading FC Women manager Kelly Chambers has been giving her thoughts on the new Women’s Super League season, which kicks off for her Royals on Sunday when they travel to Boreham Wood to take on Joe Montemurro’s Arsenal.
“It’s exciting,” Chambers said. “It’s surreal to think that just a few months ago we weren’t even talking about returning and now, we’re in full flow.”
The last time the two sides met was back in January in the quarter-final of the Continental Cup where an 86th minute winner from Arsenal’s Kim Little was all that separated the teams.
“In terms of getting the season kick-started, what a way to start; away to Arsenal! But I think that with the signing that we have brought in, our squad is definitely strengthened and the characters that we have brought in are true professionals and second-to-none. I’m excited to watch them step out onto the pitch for the first game.”
“It’s a statement from the club”, Chambers said, on the signings of Danielle Carter and Emma Mitchell from Sunday’s opponents Arsenal and Deanna Cooper from champions Chelsea, as well as the loan acquisition of Jess Fishlock from OL Reign.
“We’re always in a position where we’re developing every year and it’s getting to that point now where we’re thinking ‘when are we going to break that top 3?’. Bringing the likes of Jess, Dan, Mitch and Deanna; they’ve all come from top, top clubs, and their experience at playing at this level is going to be great for everybody.
“They’ve settled in like they’ve been here for years, which is great and hopefully they can show that on the pitch on Sunday.
“For us, we’ve always had big ambitions. We want to win trophies, and if that’s in a cup, fantastic. We need to set our sights on that. We’ve been close in previous seasons and now, for us, we definitely want to pick up a trophy and compete higher up in the league, especially with that third place in the league going into the Champions League. It makes the whole league competitive”.
Reading FC Women travel to Boreham Wood to take on Arsenal this Sunday at 12.30pm in the opening weekend of the WSL. The match is being broadcast live on the BBC Red Button as well as the FA Player.