Aileen Whelan of Brighton & Hove Albion women Brighton and Hove Albion Women v Birmingham City Women, WSL football match, The People’s Pension Stadium, Crawley, UK - 06 Sep 2020 Photo: Sean Ryan for The FA

‘Brighton’s goal is Champions League’ – Whelan echoes message on Albion’s long term aims

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Aileen Whelan has reiterated the fact that the club’s long term aim is to qualify for the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

The ambitious statement is one which has regularly been made by Albion boss Hope Powell and Whelan has echoed her manager’s comments ahead of the club’s final game of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League season against Bristol City on Sunday.

Albion could yet record a first top half of the table finish in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League should they better Reading’s result this weekend. Ahead of the match, Whelan said that the club’s aim is to eventually qualify for the UEFA Women’s Champions League and that the current crop of players are fighting hard to progress further.

“The club want Champions League,” Whelan said in Albion’s pre-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present. “This season, we have all shown the fight that we want to get to that stage.

“This year has been another stepping stone towards what can come in the next few years for Brighton.

“It’s looking up for us and the investment in things such as the training facilities will only make this team better.”

Albion’s latest opponents Bristol City arrive at The People’s Pension Stadium needing to win the game if they are to have any chance of avoiding relegation to the FA Women’s Championship and Whelan said that she knows exactly what to expect from The Robins.

“Having played against Matt Beard’s teams for a while now, I am sure that he will be going out with a very attacking team,” she added.¬†“I know that from minute one they will be going out to score goals.

“Defensively, they have looked really good so it is going to be difficult for us to break them down as well as them breaking us down.

“It’s going to be a bit of a fight. I am sure that it is going to get very physical because of the tension and the pressure on them and there is pressure on us to get sixth place in the league as well. That’s what we want to do, we want to try to leapfrog Reading and finish as high as we can.”

Brighton & Hove Albion’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Bristol City is scheduled to kick-off at 2.30pm on Sunday afternoon and will be available for fans to stream live on the FA Player.

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