Chelsea look to Sam Kerr to deliver safe passage into Women’s Champions League semi-finals

Sam Kerr only needed one moment. Receiving a pass from Fran Kirby in the box, the striker came alive, rounding the Wolfsburg goalkeeper and squeezing a powerful finish into the net to give Chelsea the breakthrough in their Champions League quarter-final.

This was the stage Kerr sought when the global star moved to Europe for the first time, and this was the type of magic moment Chelsea envisioned her producing when they fought off competition from the continent’s biggest clubs to capture the Australian’s signature in November 2019.

Kerr is in the “form of her life”, according to her manager Emma Hayes, as Chelsea prepare to finish the job this afternoon in the hope of, finally, progressing past Wolfsburg to reach the Champions League semi-finals.

For a striker who has scored for fun throughout her career, and made a habit of scooping up Golden Boot awards during her time in the NWSL in the USA and the W-League in her home country, that is extremely high praise. But after the 27-year-old notched her 13th and 14th WSL goals of the season in a 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday, it is worth taking Hayes’ assessment at face value.

It is partly thanks to Kerr’s form that Chelsea enter Wednesday’s second leg in such high spirits. Last week’s 2-1 win over Wolfsburg was the first time Chelsea had beaten their Champions League nemesis in seven meetings, with the Germans putting an end to their European ambitions in three of the previous four seasons.



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