The Adobe Women's FA Cup

Karen Carney reckons Chelsea squad is among best she has been a part of

Wednesday 14 Mar 2018
Karen Carney has won the Women's FA Cup with Arsenal, Birmingham City and Chelsea

She is one of England’s most decorated and celebrated stars, and now Karen Carney believes her Chelsea side is as good as any she’s played in throughout her illustrious career.

The 30-year-old winger joined the Blues in 2015 after a second spell at her hometown club Birmingham City.

Having broken through as a teenager for club and country, Carney has won 134 England caps and amassed a host of domestic silverware during highly successful spells with Arsenal and Birmingham, punctuated with a period at Chicago Red Stars.

Liverpool v Chelsea
  • SSE Women's FA Cup
  • Quarter final
  • 2pm, Sunday 18 March
  • at Prescot Cables FC
  • Winning club to receive £4,000
And while she admitted the Arsenal side between 2006 to 2009 in particular was a force to be reckoned with, she believes the level of competition nowadays and the sheer talent manager Emma Hayes has at her disposal leaves this Chelsea side more than capable of powering to trophies in the years to come.

“The Arsenal team I played in was very special and this team is very, very similar, one reason being how good the squad is,” said Carney, who has four goals this season.

“If anything, I think this squad is better. There’s more competition and teams are full-time now so it’s definitely that bit harder for Chelsea to do what Arsenal did back then.

“But the calibre of players is better and the squad depth we have is fantastic and definitely up there – this team is quite special.”

And Carney, no stranger to lifting the feted SSE Women’s FA Cup, admitted winning the trophy with Birmingham was one of her career highs, one she is itching to repeat with Chelsea, who lifted the trophy in 2015.

The winger and her team-mates face Liverpool in a quarter final clash on Sunday.

“To win the SSE Women’s FA Cup would be incredible – when I won it with Birmingham, that was probably my greatest achievement to date,” added Carney.

“It’s everyone’s dream to win an FA Cup and we’re no different. The Final is such a special day and occasion and one to tell your children and grandchildren when you’re older. 

“It’s a fantastic trophy with a lot of history and everyone wants to be there on that Final day. Chelsea are no different.”

This season’s Final takes place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 5 May.

Tickets are already on sale, priced £15 for adults while kids go FREE!

By FA Staff