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WEM­B­LEY TEST FOR TOF­FEES

- BY RICHARD ED­WARDS and RICHARD BUX­TON Sports · Soccer · The Football Association · Manchester City Football Club · Manchester · Wembley Stadium · Carlo Ancelotti · Liverpool Football Club · Everton F.C. · England · England national football team · Olympique Lyonnais · Denmark · FC Fleury 91 · Association of Surfing Professionals · Everton · Lyon · Denmark national football team

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.

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