Naturally enough, with the announcement this morning (Wednesday) that Spurs have appointed Jose Mourinho as their new manager, Chelsea Women tonight face… Tottenham.
It’s the Conti Cup clash that promises to be the sternest test for seemingly all-conquering Chelsea Women, and one which should see some imaginative chanting from the creative ultras in the middle of the west stand at Kingsmeadow. He’s Not Special Anymore?
It’s a 7pm kick-off, with the buzz generated by the sell-out crowd for the visit of another of Mourinho’s old clubs, Man U, at the weekend likely to spill over to the game under the floodlights tonight.
Although the Conti Cup is the least glamorous of all the trophies that Chelsea compete for – and is the least liked by manager Emma Hayes – it still represents an important tick on the sheet of paper of targets for the season. If the Blues – fuelled by the arrival of Sam Kerr in January – manage to cling on to top spot in the league, and do well in the women’s FA Cup, then a treble isn’t as far-fetched as it often seems.
One issue, thinking ahead, is that Man City have been knocked out of the Champions League, and will be focusing more whole-heartedly on league and domestic cups. That will make any multiple trophy target harder to achieve, even if Arsenal’s attentions are more divided at the moment, and Hayes knows she has to concentrate on each individual target in turn.
Tickets are still available for tonight’s game via the usual routes.