Preview: Blues v Everton

I am looking forward to seeing a competitive team

Marta Tejedor, Blues Women Manager

Marta seeking momentum in the cup

Blues Women embark on their Continental Cup campaign at Solihull Moors on Sunday, when Everton Women are the visitors (2pm).

It's the opening Group C game for Blues, whose first two fixtures in the Barclays FA WSL were narrow 1-0 defeats.

And it was Everton who won at Solihull two weeks ago, when the league campaign got underway.

So it's an immediate chance for revenge - and to hit the winning trail for Marta Tejedor's side.

"Yes, of course, we want to get that first win and I really think we need it," said Tejedor

"When a team gets in a losing dynamic, it's really difficult to come out of it because you start getting scared of losing, which then doesn't give you the fluency and the ability to relax, which helps you.

"So it's a difficult situation to get into - and we don't want that. We want to get our first win as soon as possible and build the confidence and momentum."

Tejedor is expecting more of the same from Everton, who top the WSL after following up their success at Blues by beating Bristol City Women.

And Blues preparations this week have not been that different to the norm. Obviously Blues have yet to get off the mark in front of goal and the accent put on creative play and finishing has been as important as it always has been.

"In general, I would say Everton will be the same. We have scouted Everton in friendlies, we played them and then I saw their other game and they are using the same model and system.

"But we have gone through different details and also through our own style to make adjustments that might fit well for this match.

"We have not especially just focused on the one thing (like finishing)."

Rachel Williams, who was unable to figure at West Ham United Women due to a tight hamstring, might be available.

"We will have to assess Rachel before making a decision," said Tejedor.

"I am looking forward to seeing a competitive team," Tejedor added. "We know what we have to do.

"I know it may sound like an excuse, but we haven't been lucky at all. Even to scoring the own goal in the first match. Let's see if that luck comes to us!"

If the game ends in a draw, then the winner is decided on penalties. A victory on penalties earns two points, a win after 90 minutes three points. The team that loses the shoot-out gets one point.

Tejedor finds the Conti Cup group format unusual, but not all that bad.

"For me, it is quite strange the system of competition when you can get one or two points.

"But I have been thinking about it. Maybe it is an interesting way because when two teams are tied you get (guaranteed) one point but could get two.

"It is not so easy for the teams to lead the group by a distance.

"And it makes you be prepared for penalties. Not just one person, but everyone in the team. It gives you an extra task to work on.

"We need to be looking at every match in this competition on its merit, go step by step, and see what happens."

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