Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
English Women’s Super Leqgue (WSL) champions, Chelsea confirmed that midfielder Katerina Svitkova will spend the remainder of the 2023/2024 season on loan at Slavia Prague in her native Czech Republic.
The 27-year-old arrived the Blues from another WSL club, West Ham United in July 2022 having spent two seasons with the east London side, but endured a difficult first season in blue due to injury.
She managed five appearances in all competitions and scored her first goal for the club in an 8-0 UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL) victory over Albanian side Vllaznia in October 2022.
In February, it was confirmed the Czech international had undergone knee surgery which ruled her out for the remainder of the 2022/2023 season.
Emma Hayes believes her Chelsea side can still go up another level after the Blues re-established a three-point lead atop of the Women’s Super League (WSL) table with a 3-0 victory over Everton.
A penalty in each half from Guro Reiten and a brilliantly-worked Erin Cuthbert strike ensured Everton were seen off at Kingsmeadow, although the performance was not as dominant as the final scoreline suggests.
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Hayes once again emphasised the ever-improving standard in the WSL as the reason why the Blues did not have a comfortable evening’s work. Yet she insisted there is come to come from her side.
“You’ve seen with other results today that there isn’t an easy game in the league, and I said that to the players beforehand,” Hayes explained.
“I felt we made it a game because we were impatient. There were turnovers and the game became a little bit transitional.
“However, I do think we are more solid than we were before Christmas and I do think it is a lot harder to get good chances, high xG chances, against us. That is because the organisation across the team is a lot better.”
The team will join seven others for the quarter final draw of the UEFA Women’s Champions League on Tuesday.
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