Ali Riley of Chelsea Manchester City Women v Chelsea Women - SSE Women's FA Cup Semi Final football match, Academy Stadium, Manchester, UK - 14 Apr 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Bayern frustration – Former Chelsea defender’s tough time in Germany

Former Chelsea defender Ali Riley will be hoping to settle down at National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) club Orlando Pride with the player having joined Marc Skinner’s side in February on an initial one-year deal with the option of a further year.

The 32-year-old New Zealand international star left Kingsmeadow last summer and initially joined FLYERALARM Frauen-Bundesliga club Bayern Munich.

Riley suffered something of a frustrating time in Germany before ending her stay at the Grunwalder Stadium early. We take a look back at the player’s short spell with the 2018/2019 Frauen-Bundesliga runners-up, a period which may have been a little tough for the defender.

In total, Riley made just seven appearances for Bayern in all competitions with three of those outings coming in the FLYERALARM Frauen-Bundesliga. She made her debut in the 3-0 victory over 1. FFC Frankfurt in August but only made two further league appearances against SC Sand and TSG Hoffenheim. The Kiwi’s other domestic appearance came in the DFB-Pokal der Frauen as Bayern Munich won 5-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt in Round 2.

Despite only playing four domestic fixtures for the German club. She can boast the feat of not conceding a goal when playing in defence. The one game in which Bayern where breached with Riley in the side was in a 1-0 defeat at TSG Hoffenheim, however, the player was fielded higher up the park in this match.

Riley’s record in the UEFA Champions League was equally as impressive with three clean sheets in three outings in the early rounds of the competition.

Ultimately, Riley’s time in Germany will mostly be remembered for her warming the substitutes bench. She was named amongst the substitutes on no less than 15 occasions and was brought on just three times. The player will be hoping to make a greater impact for new club Orlando Pride once football resumes following the Coronavirus pandemic.

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