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Ellen White’s Man City seeking FA Cup final revenge on Chelsea for gaming ‘legend’ Karen Bardsley but ‘phenomenal’ Sam Kerr poses ‘incredible’ threat


Ellen White has said Manchester City are determined to win the FA Cup for outgoing goalkeeper Karen Bardsley this weekend.

Bardsley will go down as one of the greatest goalkeepers in women’s football having won the Women’s Super League, Continental Cup and FA Cup in a glittering career. She also earned 82 caps for England and played a key role for the Lionesses at several major tournaments.

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Bardsley announced his retirement in May

Ellen White’s Man City seeking FA Cup final revenge on Chelsea for gaming ‘legend’ Karen Bardsley but ‘phenomenal’ Sam Kerr poses ‘incredible’ threat

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And White wants to give the great keeper a memorable farewell

The 37-year-old will hang up his gloves after the FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley – which is live on talkSPORT2 – after battling injuries in previous seasons which has been a recurring theme for Man City this campaign.

Having played no pre-season friendly matches due to the number of players competing at the Olympics, City were then hit by a series of injuries in the first half of the campaign, meaning they sit in the middle of the table at Christmas.

But with increasing pressure on manager Gareth Taylor, City have managed to turn the tide since the start of the year by winning the Continental Cup and propelling rivals Manchester United into third place to earn a Champions League spot the next year. next season.

Given all the problems City have faced, White is proud of the team’s achievements this season, and Bardsley in particular.

Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, White said: “The group collectively has so much love and respect for Karen for what she has achieved in the game, what she has done for this club and what a servant she has been to. summer for women’s football.

“Yes, it would be a nice way to end his career at City and his football career. But for us, we want to keep that momentum going and send it out in an amazing way.

Ellen White’s Man City seeking FA Cup final revenge on Chelsea for gaming ‘legend’ Karen Bardsley but ‘phenomenal’ Sam Kerr poses ‘incredible’ threat

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The City players have shown Bardsley how much she means to them, and a cup win would be the icing on the cake


“But she knows how much this team loves her and how much we support her. We couldn’t have asked for a better women’s football legend.

“I think based on the start of the season, we would have really taken your hand off if we had known we would have secured a Champions League place, won the Conti Cup and made an FA Cup final.

“Obviously, if we had started differently, we might have wanted something different. Yes, we wanted to win the WSL, but I think that just shows the character of this group.

“Within the four walls of our training ground and collectively, the belief never wavered and we stuck together and knew we would be able to turn the tide.

Ellen White’s Man City seeking FA Cup final revenge on Chelsea for gaming ‘legend’ Karen Bardsley but ‘phenomenal’ Sam Kerr poses ‘incredible’ threat

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White’s City are on top after a slow start

“We showed it and we showed great character, great desire and great confidence in this team. I’m really proud of the group.

City and Chelsea are no strangers who have regularly fought for the WSL title in previous seasons, but it was Taylor’s side who won the Continental Cup final in February on goals by White and Caroline Weir.

Chelsea, however, have since made history by winning their third straight WSL title under Emma Hayes, and have one of the best players in the world on their books in striker Sam Kerr.

“His [Kerr’s] goalscoring record and what she achieved with Australia really speaks for itself and what she achieved in a short time with Chelsea,” said White.

Ellen White’s Man City seeking FA Cup final revenge on Chelsea for gaming ‘legend’ Karen Bardsley but ‘phenomenal’ Sam Kerr poses ‘incredible’ threat

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Kerr is in unstoppable shape

“She has phenomenal talent and an incredible goalscoring [with] her movement and the different types of goals she has scored. For us, it’s about watching her movement and trying to reduce the opportunities she has in front of goal.

“She gets those opportunities because other people create them. Their whole team and their whole squad are very talented. They didn’t really win the WSL by chance. So for us it’s about really looking at all of them. individuals and the whole team.

White became England’s top scorer after scoring a hat-trick against Latvia in November and is now just three goals away from equaling Wayne Rooney’s all-time record.

She cemented her status as one of women’s football’s most instinctive finishers and, as a West Ham fan growing up, cites Paolo Di Canio, Gary Lineker and American striker Mia Hamm as key influences when she was younger.

Ellen White’s Man City seeking FA Cup final revenge on Chelsea for gaming ‘legend’ Karen Bardsley but ‘phenomenal’ Sam Kerr poses ‘incredible’ threat

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White is looking for more honors

The 33-year-old will be key to England’s chances of success at the European Championships this summer on home soil and says the Lionesses are lucky to have head coach Sarina Wiegman.

She explained, “She was great for us. She arrived and she is a real leader. She’s very detailed in what she wants from the team, but she’s really supportive and wants the team to grow and develop and that’s what’s happened to the team since she arrived.

“Every game and every camp we worked on something different and wanted to develop a different part of the philosophy that we want to showcase. It’s basically for us to peak when the euros come. She is a very good coach and she really supports me. We’re really lucky to have him, to be honest.

Ellen White’s Man City seeking FA Cup final revenge on Chelsea for gaming ‘legend’ Karen Bardsley but ‘phenomenal’ Sam Kerr poses ‘incredible’ threat

Wiegman has White’s support

“It’s unbelievable that all of the group games for England are sold out which is phenomenal and it shows that people really want to come and see the women’s game and support the game.

“It would be amazing if she were selected, [as] the team has obviously not been announced yet. I’m trying everything to be selected for England.

“I think when we had the team together, we really want to make the country proud and our family and our friends proud and the whole country to support us and support us and feel this real buzz that the men had, which would be an incredible feeling.

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