Defender Magda Eriksson says that the current Chelsea team is the best team that she has ever been involved with in her 10-year senior career.
The 27-year-old Swedish international defender is set to captain The Blues in the first leg of their UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-final tie against VfL Wolfsburg on Wednesday.
Chelsea come up against a VfL Wolfsburg side who were UEFA Women’s Champions League runners-up last season while the She-Wolves have knocked The Blues out of the competition in all of their three previous meetings. Ahead of the latest battle between the two sides, defender Eriksson has paid tribute to her teammates by acknowledging that the current Chelsea team is the strongest that she has played in.
“We have shown over the years how much we have improved every year,” Eriksson said in Chelsea’s pre-match press conference. “We all feel the same. The way that the squad have been performing lately, it feels like we are at the top of our game, it is the strongest that Chelsea have ever been.
“This is the best team that I’ve ever played with. That being said, I think that it is going to be a really difficult game.
“This year, it feels like there are a lot of teams who could go all of the way and win the competition.”
Domestically, the Barclays FA Women’s Super League continues to go from strength-to-strength and the growth of the league was further highlighted this week with a big money broadcast deal with Sky Sports and BBC having been announced. Eriksson went on to say that the evolution of the league is certainly a factor in English clubs challenging for European honours.
“I feel like the English league has improved massively since I joined Chelsea,” Eriksson added. “In the last three years, the games have been getting tougher and tougher.
“We play tough games on a weekly basis and that matters a lot. It makes you improve your quality and I think that will show in this tournament, that we are used to playing tough games on a weekly basis.”
Chelsea’s UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-final first leg tie against VfL Wolfsburg is scheduled to kick-off at 4pm on Wednesday afternoon and will be screened live on BT Sport 2.