Chelsea Ladies “have the firepower” to go on and win the WSL title, says Rachel Brown-Finnis.
Speaking to BBC Sport, the former Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton goalkeeper has said that the Blues have the right credentials to beat off their title rivals, with just three games of the season left to play.
Chelsea have a three-point lead at the top of the table, and the teams in second and third – Sunderland and Manchester City, are yet to play each other. City however, who are five points off the leaders, have a game in hand, whilst Sunderland also have to play Arsenal.
If other results go their way, Emma Hayes’ side could seal the title before the end of September, provided they can beat Notts County (home, 6th September), and Liverpool (away, 26th September).
If not, they face a potentially decisive clash on the last day of the season, at home against Sunderland on 4th October.
However, Brown-Finnis, who retired aged 34 in January this year, has said that despite the potentially tough challenge ahead, the Blues will be strong enough to lift their first WSL title:
“They’ve gone from strength to strength since the FA Cup final.
“Their depth of players is at least on a par with Manchester City’s but Chelsea have the firepower that will be decisive to go on and win the title.
“They’ve learnt from last season so I think, come that last game against Sunderland, they won’t make the same mistake twice.”
Chelsea went into the final day of last season two points clear at the top of the table. But a 2-1 loss to Manchester City saw them surrender the title to Liverpool – who started the day in third.
Should they win the league, they will have done the double in what is the first season ever that they have won silverware, after their FA Women’s Cup success earlier this year.
Mathematically, six teams (Chelsea, Manchester City, Sunderland, Arsenal, Notts County and Liverpool) could all win the title. However, should Chelsea win only one of their remaining games, the latter two will have their already slim hopes dashed.