WEMBLEY TEST FOR TOFFEES
Women’s FA Cup Final Everton Man City
KO 2.30pm,BBC, BT Sport
EVERTON have been the name on everyone’s lips so far this season.
And this afternoon, the club have an early opportunity to seal some silverware in the Women’s FA Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley.
Rikke Sevecke (above), the club’s Danish centreback, is hoping her
Toffees can extend their own superb start to the domestic season, end a 10-year cup drought – and provide some inspiration for Carlo Ancelotti’s men’s side in the process.
Sevecke “It’s nice that both our teams are doing so well. It’s a reflection of what the club wants to do.”
Sevecke, who arrived on Merseyside in July on a two-year deal from French club FC Fleury 91, has been outstanding at the back alongside Meg Finnigan.
Manchester City have endured a mixed start to the WSL season and Sevecke is confident that this Everton side has the quality to prevent City from claiming three FA Cup crowns in four years.
She said: “We’ve got a lot of new players this year, including me, and it’s just been a time to get to know each other on and off the field.
“I think we figured it out really fast so that’s pretty good and it’s working well for us right now. I’m really excited. Of course it’s a big thing to play at Wembley – I’ve never even been there so it’s going to be great to see the ground as well.
“It’s quite strange without fans there. The fans make each experience of the game better but we have to be our own fans in the stadium and I think we’ve been really good at that.”
Adapting to the new normal has been a huge challenge for footballers.
But there are plenty on both sides with the talent to turn up the on-pitch volume this afternoon.
Not least former City star midfielder Izzy Christiansen, who arrived back in England when Everton signed her from Lyon last December.
“I had played against Izzy a couple of times,” said Sevecke.
“When I played in Denmark, we played Manchester City in the Champions League and Izzy was in the side.
“She’s such a good footballer. She sees every player, every option.”
Sevecke will focus on keeping Chloe Kelly quiet, with the City striker making an immediate impact after leaving Everton this summer.
“Chloe’s pretty quick on her feet,” added the Dane. “We just need to be really close to her and try not to give her too much space.”
Everton will hope to have a bigger space problem by the end of the season – ensuring the club’s recently neglected trophy cabinet has room for silverware again.