Maren Mjelde at the official Norway team press conference. By Emma Hartley (Derby University Football Journalism Course)

Norway captain Mjelde has no fears about tournament hosts France

Maren Mjelde admits that she is not scared of France heading into tomorrow night’s game despite the quality that the side possess.

The host nation come into the game on the back of a 4-0 win against South Korea and are one of the current favourites to win the competition.

This will be a testing game for Norway and Mjelde despite them beating Nigeria 3-0 in their first group game. However, the Norway captain will not be intimidated.

She said: “We know that France is a very good team.

“They have very many good players so, it’s going to be a very tough match. But of course, we will take into account all of their strengths, but we have a very good team as well.

“So, I’m not actually scared but I’m very aware of what we’re facing here.”

Mjelde reached the UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-finals with Chelsea FC Women and believes that this has helped her prepare for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.

The 29-year-old said “With Chelsea, we played against both Paris and Lyon.

“Most of the players play for Paris or Lyon. Yes, I’ve played against them a couple of times so I feel prepared for this game.”

Wendie Renard was a standout player for France in the opening game of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019
against South Korea. The towering central defender scored a double as the hosts cruised to victory. The Norwegian admitted that she knows what to expect from her.

She said: “Well we have to try to not have these dead balls of course.

“It’s going to be corners; free-kicks and we know her strengths, it was too easy for her against South Korea.

“We don’t have anybody that matches her, but we have many strong players, so we are going to try and do better than South Korea.

“I have played against her several times, so we know her and that is a big strength.

“The French team has a very big strength in her of course. It’s just one part or a little part of a big match.

“We are going to take that when it comes, and we will do our best.’’

The Chelsea star will hope that her team can secure a win tonight as they look to go a step closer to group qualification.

By Emma Hartley (@Emma8cfc) – University of Derby Football Journalism student

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