London City Lionesses head coach Melissa Phillips says that the club are ‘super proud’ of forward Juliette Kemppi after she secured qualification for the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 with Finland during the international window.
Finland confirmed their place at next summer’s finals with a 1-0 victory over Portugal a week ago before they followed up that win by defeating Cyprus 5-0 in Larnaca on Tuesday evening.
In the second game against Cyprus, Kemppi came off the bench to score her country’s fifth goal. It was her first international goal in two years and London City Lionesses boss Phillips said that everyone at her club were ‘super proud’ of her achievements during the past week.
“I’m sure that it will only propel her” said Phillips when discussing Kemppi’s goal with FAWSL Full-Time. “Finding the back of the net when you haven’t for a while is always a good feeling but it is no surprise given her work ethic, her consistency and how she performs and plays for us, we always know what we are going to get with her.
“It is great. We are super proud and excited for her.”
London City Lionesses return to action for the first time since the international break this weekend when promotion-chasing Durham are the visitors to Princes Park. Head coach Phillips says that the players have had the benefit of some varied training sessions during the last fortnight.
“We love the international breaks as a team” said Phillips. “It allows us to focus on functional training and we have a little bit of a different schedule.
“Throughout the first week of each international break, we break up into small groups and we kind of have a laser focus on our individual training plans and also, our strength and conditioning.
“We have had a bit of fun with it and have had a couple of days to rest and rejuvenate and now we are back at it and all eyes looking ahead to Durham.”
London City Lionesses’ FA Women’s Championship fixture against Durham at Princes Park is scheduled to kick-off at midday on Sunday.