Women's FA Cup final: Chloe Kelly says no WSL team can match Man City

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A twelvemonth ago, playing successful an FA Cup last was thing Manchester City guardant Chloe Kelly could lone imagination of aft suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

However, aft 11 months connected the sidelines, the 24-year-old has present returned to the transportation "hungry" for occurrence and inactive hopeful of making a precocious assertion for a spot successful the England squad astatine this summer's Euros.

She volition person the accidental to impressment connected the biggest signifier connected Sunday arsenic City look to assertion their 2nd trophy of the play against holders Chelsea successful the FA Cup last astatine Wembley.

According to Kelly, City bash not fearfulness immoderate squad successful the Women's Super League, not adjacent the recently crowned champions.

"There's not a squad successful the league that tin lucifer our footballing ability," Kelly told BBC Sport. "I deliberation the mode we play is superb and that's wherefore I emotion playing present astatine Manchester City."

Both teams are targeting their 2nd pieces of silverware for the season.

Chelsea clinched a historical 3rd successive WSL title past Sunday, but City volition beryllium hoping to adhd to their Continental League Cup trophy that they won successful March by beating Emma Hayes' broadside 3-1 successful the final.

"We cognize we bushed them successful the Continental Cup already this play truthful that gives america a spot of assurance going into the game." Kelly explained.

"Of people they person their threats but we request to absorption connected what we tin bash to interruption them down and find their weaknesses, alternatively than worrying astir them excessively much."

'I'm bare to win'

FA Cup fever has dispersed done Kelly's household and friends, with astir 90 of them snapping up tickets to enactment her astatine Wembley.

"The full household are looking guardant to it, astir apt much truthful than maine due to the fact that I person played astatine Wembley earlier but without the fans there, truthful this clip to bash it successful beforehand of my household volition beryllium other special," said Kelly, who joined City from Everton successful 2020.

"My mum astir apt won't adjacent beryllium watching the game, she volition astir apt beryllium chatting to support her caput disconnected it."

Chloe Kelly and Lauren HempKelly marked her instrumentality to City's starting line-up aft her wounded with a extremity successful their FA Cup semi-final triumph implicit West Ham

It has been a agelong travel backmost for the England planetary since that lucifer against Birmingham successful May 2021 wherever she scored doubly earlier a clash of knees caused her ACL injury.

"I person watched it backmost a just fewer times but I cognize that wasn't successful my control, it was a challenge. So erstwhile radical bash their ACLs and it is non-contact, possibly you don't spot your assemblage arsenic overmuch immoderate more, but I spot my body. I don't person immoderate fearfulness successful my knee, I consciousness good," Kelly said.

"When you person that spell connected the sidelines, erstwhile you travel backmost you conscionable admit it truthful overmuch much truthful I americium conscionable enjoying each infinitesimal backmost connected the pitch.

"I consciousness similar a kid astatine the moment, I don't privation the play to end. I'm bare to learn, I'm bare to triumph trophies."

'Everyone wrote america off'

On insubstantial Gareth Taylor's broadside caput into Sunday's last arsenic underdogs having finished 3rd successful the WSL, 9 points down Chelsea, but they are arguably the league's astir in-form squad aft winning their past 13 games successful each competitions, scoring 46 goals successful the process.

City person bounced backmost from an injury-hit commencement to the play which saw them prevarication successful ninth spot successful November. "I deliberation the commencement was difficult," Kelly said. "Everyone wrote america disconnected for the Champions League.

"But we ever believed that we'd suffice for the Champions League and to beryllium successful the FA Cup final. We've won the Conti Cup already and 3rd spot successful the league - no-one truly expected that different than ourselves."

Fully recovered and rediscovering her champion form, Kelly is besides hoping to defy the likelihood by making Sarina Wiegman's England squad for the Euros, which statesman connected 6 July.

"In myself I knew I would get backmost and I would beryllium connected the transportation backmost to my champion again but I deliberation from the extracurricular looking successful radical didn't deliberation I would beryllium successful this presumption now," she said.

"Of people I privation to beryllium astatine that Euros and that's what I americium warring for astatine the moment. Each crippled is simply a stepping chromatic for getting determination truthful I'm focusing connected taking each week arsenic it comes."

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