Are Chelsea Destined to Retain the Women’s Super League Title Next Season?
Chelsea were unstoppable in 2017/18, winning 13 of their 18 Women’s Super League games on the way to lifting the top-flight crown. There was a clear gulf in class between the Blues and the rest of their domestic rivals; nobody would argue against that.
Manchester City were expected to push Chelsea close but the Blues found a new gear and managed to avoid defeat throughout the entire campaign – an incredible achievement. But that was then and this is now; defending a title is always harder than winning it the first time.
Emma Hayes has an excellent record as Chelsea Ladies manager, leading the Blues to the Super League title in two of the previous three years. Furthermore, Hayes’ side managed to reach the Champions League semi-finals last season before falling short against Wolfsburg and Chelsea fans will be hoping for another deep run in Europe’s elite club competition.
Chelsea lose to Wolfsburg and miss out on Women’s Champions League final https://t.co/WxzlDChjK6
— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) April 29, 2018
It would be foolish to write the Blues off given their recent success – the 2018/19 season could be memorable for Chelsea supporters across the country. It certainly looks like it is once again going to be a two-horse race between Chelsea and Manchester City.
Manchester City will be confident of toppling Chelsea in 2018/19 and it is hard to back against Nick Cushing’s side on recent efforts. The Citizens have the talent to run away with the Super League title and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see both the men’s and women’s teams celebrating major honours next season.
As of July 2, City are favourites at 5/4 in football betting odds for the Premier League and the women could also head into the campaign as the leading contenders for silverware. If nothing else, this is a very exciting era at the Etihad Stadium…
Chelsea scooped most of the major honours at the Women’s Super League end-of-season awards night – although Manchester City and England star Jill Scott was named Player of the Year. Hayes has managed to build a formidable unit at Kingsmeadow and Chelsea will take some stopping as they look to defend their Super League crown. Another FA Cup triumph may also be on the cards…
Looking at the squad, there are big names in all of the key areas; Millie Bright, Ji So-yun and Fran Kirby are just three of Chelsea’s most influential stars. All three will be central to their title aspirations in 2018/19. The Blues are still the team to beat despite City’s obvious threat going forward.
Expecting another unbeaten season would be foolish to say the least but Chelsea are in the perfect position to claim back-to-back Women’s Super League titles. The Blues will be put under pressure by Cushing’s power-hungry Manchester City side but Chelsea have the quality to cope with that expected onslaught.
Staying calm and composed could be the difference between success and failure next season – the Blues will be right in the mix for silverware though; there is no doubt about that. It should be another thrilling year in England’s top flight.
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