Guro: I’m getting to know players

BY PAUL LAGAN
paul@slpmedia.co.uk

Guro Reiten was player of the match having made her excellent full debut for the Blues in their 1-0 win against Spurs on Sunday in the WSL1 opener at Stamford Bridge, and she’s still getting to know her team-mates.

Reiten, 25, a Norway international, was the only signing for Emma Hayes’ side in the summer.

She said: “It was amazing to be playing here at Stamford Bridge, there were so many people to see my official debut.

“The most important thing is that we won. We played a great first half and should have scored more goals.”

Reiten had a great chance to score but her header rattled the Spurs post. She said of the effort: “Yes, I should have scored two, maybe three goals.

“I haven’t given myself a goal-scoring target. Well maybe I have, but I’m not going to tell you – it’s a secret.”

It’s well known that Chelsea’s lack of goals last season, in particular the early part of the season, was their undoing in the league, so is the goal-scoring Norwegian going to be the difference this term – Reiten says no.

“We have lots of goalscorers in the team,” she said. “And it does not matter which one scores, so long as we do score. “It’s a great start, we won.”

Chelsea saw a crowd of 24,564 to watch the Blues secure the three points while on Sunday, at Crawley, when Chelsea face Brighton – it could be a couple of people who have lost their way and their dogs watching the game.

How will Reiten adapt to that – truth is she’s not bothered.

“We are not used to playing in front of so many people, so when we do, we really appreciate it,” she said.

“But this is not a normal day. I am used to playing in front of a couple of hundred people, so it’s our life.

“We got more excited and nervous in front of such a big crowd, but we play because we love playing. When the referee blows her whistle at the start it’s the same no matter how many people are watching.”

Reiten felt Spurs were a decent outfit.“They were good, but we are a better side,” she said.“It’s funny, as I am used to playing in the Norwegian league where I know all my opponents, and here I don’t know anything about anyone.

As for my own team-mates, I’m getting to know them. I have been here two months and I think it’s getting better every day.”

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