Emma Hayes’s defending champions begin the quest for a fifth consecutive Women’s Super League title when we kick off our 2023/24 campaign with a highly anticipated London derby against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Having secured a fourth straight league title and a third successive FA Cup triumph last season, 19 Blues headed Down Under to represent their countries at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup during the summer break.
On our return, the team took on A.S. Roma in a friendly fixture at Kingsmeadow before our training camp in Portugal where preparations for the start of the new WSL season intensified, while the new additions to our squad got acquainted and began to settle both on and off the pitch.
For the third time in our history, we take on Tottenham at Stamford Bridge this Sunday. Our only WSL game in SW6 last season came against them in November, while they were the opponents for our very first league fixture at the Bridge back in 2019.
When and where?
We take on Tottenham at Stamford Bridge in our opening match of the new WSL season this Sunday 1 October, with kick-off scheduled for 5.30pm. The match is also being shown live on Sky Sports.
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How to follow
As always, you can follow the game via Chelsea Women’s social media channels. There will be live commentary on our Twitter page and regular updates on Facebook and Instagram. Simply search ‘ChelseaFCW’ on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
After a staggered pre-season, the majority of the squad regrouped for a friendly fixture against Italian champions A.S. Roma, who also reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League last time out, and were made to work for a hard-fought 3-2 victory.
Having twice fallen behind, Guro Reiten and Lauren James continued their prowess in front of goal with two excellent strikes before Aggie Beever-Jones stepped up with an injury-time winner to send our supporters home happy.
A ninth place finish last season saw a summer of change at Tottenham which began with the appointment of new Head Coach, Robert Vilahamn. The 40-year-old Swede has overseen his first pre-season and has spoken of his desire to take the team to the next level.
From her WSL debut for Spurs in January until the end of last season, only Rachel Daly (14) scored more WSL goals than ex-Chelsea and now Spurs striker Bethany England (12), who will miss this game with injury. Those goals accounted for 60% of Spurs’ total in that time (12/20).
Chelsea Women vs Tottenham Women recent head-to-head record
We faced Tottenham on three separate occasions last season, twice in the league and once on our way to the League Cup final. We ran out 3-0 winners in the WSL at the Bridge in November thanks to goals from Sam Kerr, Erin Cuthbert and a penalty from Guro Reiten.
In January, we made the short journey across London to Brisbane Road for our League Cup quarter-final tie where we progressed to the semi-finals with a 3-1 win. Kerr added to an own goal and Fran Kirby put the icing on the cake before ex-Chelsea star Drew Spence netted a late consolation.
Our reverse league fixture against Spurs saw us claim all three points with a narrow 3-2 victory in February. Jess Carter, James and Reiten scored the goals on a day which saw England get herself on the scoresheet for the hosts against her former club.
Next up for the Blues
After the meeting with Tottenham, our first away fixture of the season sees us travel north to face Manchester City in the Women’s Super League at the Academy Stadium on Sunday 8 October.
Kick-off is at 12.30pm (UK time) and for supporters who are unable to make the journey, this match has been selected for live television broadcast on BBC Two.