Chelsea goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger has hailed the performance of the whole team after The Blues defeated London rivals Arsenal 2-1 in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup final at The City Ground in Nottingham last night.
While Blues forward Beth England grabbed the headlines with her brace, goalkeeper Berger was exceptional, pulling off four or five one-on-one saves to keep her side in the contest.
Some of Berger’s highlights included clawing away a Louise Quinn header and blocking a Jordan Nobbs shot with her legs in the first half while she twice denied Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema with a couple of truly wonderful saves in the second period.
When speaking to FA Women’s Super League Full-Time after the match, Berger deflected her personal praise, instead opting to highlight a collective team performance for the victory.
“It was the most interesting game that I’ve played in” said Berger. “Everyone is praising what I’ve done on the pitch but also, I think that my defenders were incredible.
“I think it was a complete team effort what we have achieved today.”
Berger played a part in winning the German Bundesliga with former club 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam in 2012 but the FA Women’s Continental League Cup success with Chelsea delivered her first winners’ medal in her four years playing in England. The player was naturally pleased to finally get off the mark away from her homeland.
“I’ve come second a couple of times but this is my first trophy so I am really, really happy about that” admitted the Chelsea keeper.
“It feels great but now I just want more.”
The biggest save which Berger made arguably came in the last 10 minutes of the match when she bravely threw herself at Miedema’s strike from point blank range. The keeper was winded and needed treatment following the incident.
Speaking about the save, Berger said “I just saw that she (Miedema) was alone and I just jumped into the ball.
“I tried to just make myself big and it worked.”
Berger also commented on her save to deny Quinn in the first half by saying “It was quite a good save but it starts with the question of ‘Why is she free?’
“It was a good save but I feel that many of my other saves were better.”
Berger has been selected in the German national squad for their Algarve Cup fixtures later this month. Germany are the top ranked side in the competition and will come up against Sweden in their first match. The keeper is yet to be capped by Germany at senior level.