Chelsea claimed their third successive Women’s Super League title last season, chasing, matching and finally usurping Arsenal in the final stretch.
They operated in the Gunners’ shadow for more than half the season. But when Arsenal lapsed against Birmingham, the unlikeliest of opponents to be beaten by, Chelsea took advantage to propel themselves to another title.
This season there is no doubt Emma Hayes has eyes on more than domestic glory. Last season’s discouraging Champions League campaign means there is work to be done. Chelsea’s exit at the group stage after losing at…