Kerr eyes team glory rather than individual honours

Kerr netted a brace in our 2-0 victory against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday to take her tally to 20 goals in the league this season and help Chelsea go two points clear of second-placed Manchester City.

The Blues striker is two goals ahead of Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema in the WSL top scorers’ standings with one game to go but Kerr is hungry for team glory rather than individual honours.

She said: ‘20 goals is good, but my job is to help this team win titles so the win today, and the goals, help us do that.

‘The most important thing is that we retain this title and win on Sunday.’

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Kante and Werner on an ‘incredible’ performance and ‘special’ final

The striker was also keen to give the credit for his goal to his team-mates Kante and Kai Havertz, even if he admits it wasn’t easy holding his nerve as the rebound from the latter’s shot slowly fell for him to head in.

‘I had to wait a long time with the ball coming down for my goal, it took hours until the ball came down! But I think you saw also before the goal, how we played, to get Kai free in this position, an easy double-pass for me with N’Golo and then he played a very good ball to Kai. He hit the bar and then it was an easy goal for me.’

However, it wasn’t until Mason Mount scored our second late on that we made the result safe, causing an outpouring of emotion that was only matched by the joy at the final whistle and the satisfaction at our performance.

‘There was a lot of celebration, the last 10 minutes I had no voice because I was screaming a lot! It means a lot, I think it’s the dream of every young kid,’ continued Werner. ‘When I was 10 or 11 I watched every semi-final on the TV and it was a big dream to play in a semi-final and then to reach the final, and now it’s reality and it’s an incredible feeling.

‘Our team is incredible, what we did last night. We did not have so much of the ball like normal, but how we controlled the game, how we controlled the rhythm, was unbelievable against a team with world-class players in every position.

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Vote for your April Chelsea Goal of the Month

Option one: Mason Mount v Porto (A)

Mount gave us a lead in the Champions League quarter-finals we would never relinquish, after collecting Jorginho’s pass with a fine spin, which left his defender for dead, before slotting low into the net in the first leg in Seville.

Option two: Kai Havertz v Crystal Palace (A)

There were less than eight minutes on the clock at Selhurst Park when Havertz opened the scoring. Having won the ball back in the corner, he exchanged passes and moved into the box, waiting for his moment before threading a shot through four defenders and past the goalkeeper into the bottom corner from a tight angle.

Option three: Christian Pulisic v Crystal Palace (A)

Just two minutes after Havertz’s opener, the German turned provider as his low cut-back found Pulisic’s run towards the front post, where he smashed a powerful shot high into the roof of the net to give the goalkeeper no chance. It was almost a carbon copy of his finish at Selhurst Park last season.

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Women’s Match Report: Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2) Spencer; Morgan, McManus, Zadorsky, Worm; Dean, Cho (Graham 61), Peplow, Addison (Naz 61), Williams (Harrop 73), Quinn

Unused subs Neville, Green, Davison

Booked McManus 90

Chelsea (4-4-2) Berger; Charles (Carter 46), Bright, Eriksson (C) (Blundell 75), Andersson; Cuthbert, Ingle, Spence (Leupolz 65), Reiten (Fleming 65); England, Kerr (Harder 65)

Unused subs Musovic, Telford, Ji, Kirby.

Scorer Kerr 41, 52

Referee Amy Fearn

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Chelsea introduces supporter presence at board meetings

Three supporter advisors, picked through an election and selection process, will attend board meetings to ensure general supporter sentiment is considered as part of the Club’s decision-making process.

The Club will now consult with the Fans’ Forum and several non-official supporter groups to discuss the Club’s proposed process for picking the three supporter advisors.

Criteria for nominations as well as final selection will ensure that the supporter presence is representative of our supporter base generally and is inclusive and diverse. A new selection will be made before the start of each season.

Further information regarding this consultation will be communicated directly to the Fans’ Forum and the other non-official supporters groups in the coming days.

The successful candidates will be required to enter into a confidentiality agreement, similar in scope to the confidentiality obligations of a member of the Chelsea Football Club board of directors. This will allow the Club to discuss and seek advice on a broad range of matters.

The supporter advisors will not have any voting rights and will not participate in any meetings relating to players, staff, the Academy and related matters.

Supporter advisors will attend approximately four meetings per year, and more if appropriate. If they complete the year successfully they will be entitled to select a UK registered charity to receive a contribution of £2,500 from the Club.

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Christensen: We can’t let them breathe

‘Against teams that are used to having the ball a lot, we might need to herd them, if that makes sense, and when we have the ball they might not like to run, so we need to use that. So we are always thinking about what we can do to help ourselves and there’s a lot of details to it.’

If we are successful in that aim of progressing against Real Madrid, it will mean our first Champions League final appearance since we won the competition for the first time in 2012. Back then, Christensen was on the verge of joining the club as a youngster, with the chance of repeating that success one of the reasons he was keen to come to Stamford Bridge.

‘It’s something we really want to try and win. That’s why we all play football, for these big trophies,’ he added. ‘I knew already that I was going to go to Chelsea when they won it and I was following it very closely. So I had that hope at the time, and it’s still there, that I want to do that too one day. Everyone at the club wants to be part of this history.

‘Obviously I’d just turned 16 so I was quite young and knew it was probably a long road before I could be a part of it, but the quality that was at the club and the whole set-up, that was what got me here in the first place.

‘We’ve been fighting for it again for a long time and it hasn’t quite happened, but I think we are in a good position. We have a good balance between the young hunger and the more experienced players. We’re definitely looking forward to tomorrow in the sense that it means a lot to us and the club as a whole.’

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Tuchel on Chelsea’s mindset vs Real Madrid, his team line-up and how the Blues will prepare

‘In a season of almost 60 matches, and sleeping so much away from home and being so much in hotels, we try to reduce the time in hotels,’ added the boss.

‘Anything can have an influence though. Now we had three days in between games, so we had a lot of time to do recovery and take our time at Cobham to use the physios and masseurs.

‘If you only have two days in between games we prefer sometimes to go to a hotel so players can take their time in the evening to get massages and treatment.

‘When there are evening games, I had the feeling it will only increase the tension if we go to the hotel today. So let them go home, be a bit distracted, and we meet tomorrow for a walk, lunch and a meeting, and we will still have seven hours to prepare.’

One Blues side who have already reached this season’s European showpiece are Chelsea Women, following a fantastic victory over Bayern Munich on Sunday.

‘We followed it on TV and it’s a big achievement,’ smiled Tuchel.

‘We are very happy because in the end it’s one club and it’s a big thing to arrive in the final, for the first time for Chelsea Women. Hopefully they can finish the job. Big, big congratulations from us.’

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Chelsea Here Chelsea There: Two significant assists for Moses, Blackman still fighting and Broja hits double figures

Jamal Blackman (pictured top) kept his place in the Rotherham United side for both Championship fixtures this week, a 1-0 defeat at Brentford followed by a 1-1 draw against Blackburn Rovers. In the latter, he made two key saves with his side already behind that proved crucial in them earning a point.

The Millers can still decide their own fate in the final week of the season, with a game in hand against Luton Town before the final day on Saturday. They are three points behind Derby County, who face fellow battlers Sheffield Wednesday on the final day.

In League One, Jon Russell played in Accrington Stanley’s 3-3 draw with Portsmouth and the weekend stalemate with Charlton Athletic, which finished 1-1. Ian Maatsen was also involved in that game in his more familiar left wing-back role, having operated at right wing in a 2-2 draw against Crewe Alexandra a few days earlier. The Addicks still have hopes of reaching the play-offs as they sit four points away with a game in hand.

Jamie Cumming was powerless to prevent Stevenage earning more than a point as they drew 3-3 with Crawley Town courtesy of a last-minute goal.

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Watch live Chelsea training and Academy football this week

Wednesday 5 May – 6.50pm

Matchday Live returns with all the team news, talking points, key analysis and reaction as we take on the reigning La Liga champions looking to build on a 1-1 draw in the first leg. 

Coverage begins at 6.50pm with half-time and full-time reaction to follow.

Friday 7 May – 1.30pm

Tuchel will be back in front of the cameras at Cobham on Friday afternoon previewing our trip to Manchester City, a game in which Pep Guardiola’s side could be crowned Premier League champions.

Expect the boss to be quizzed about that prospect as well as our recent FA Cup semi-final victory over City at Wembley. Following the midweek Champions League ties, it could even be the dress rehearsal for the European final…

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Mendy: We will see the best of Timo and Kai

‘I am happy for them. They showed their qualities on the pitch.

‘Next season, 100 per cent, we will see the best of Timo and Kai. Even this year, we have enjoyed their good levels of performance and they are important for us. A game like Saturday’s is really good for their confidence.’

Of course, Mendy played his own starring role in the win over Fulham, pulling off several top-class saves to keep our determined opponents out and secure his 16th clean sheet in 28 Premier League appearances.

However, he preferred to focus on what victory meant for the team, as we moved within two points of third-placed Leicester and gave ourselves a great chance of extending the gap between ourselves and those outside the top four.

‘It was an important game for us because it was a derby and the draw from Leicester against Southampton meant a win would be a good result for us. We know Fulham are a good team, a hard team, so we fought for this win and I was happy with my performance.’

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