Eidevall: We Need To Get Back To Reality Quickly

It’s been quite a week for Arsenal, and Impetus’ Johnathan Stack was in head coach Jonas Eidevall‘s media conference today ahead of their trip to newly promoted Liverpool on Sunday – an opponent he has huge respect for (21/10/22).

Above: Arsenal head coach Jonas Eidevall. Photo: Peter Sonander/Sports Press Photo.

As they face Liverpool, Arsenal will be looking to maintain their perfect record this weekend in the Barclays Women’s Super League.

Heading into the game, at Prenton Park, The Gunners are three from three so far and are currently sitting second in the table, joint top of the League.

After an awe-inspiring midweek display in France in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. Arsenal beat the defending champions Olympique Lyonnais 5-1 and so go into the game in fine form.

But despite an incredible victory at the Groupama Stadium, head coach Jonas Eidevall knows his side needs to keep their feet firmly on the ground and not get too ahead of themselves saying “You have to go back quickly to reality, it was a very memorable night, it was a great performance from us, but we won’t be entitled to anything extra going forward. We need to prepare, recover and refresh so we can play Liverpool on Sunday.”

Above: Steph Catley (centre) battles it out against Liverpool when the two sides met in the FA Cup in February. Photo: BBC Sport.

The last time Arsenal travelled to Prenton Park was back in February this year in the fifth round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup as they ran out 4-0 winners against a Liverpool side who went on to win the FA Women’s Championship.

Eidevall spoke about Sunday’s opponent who beat WSL champions, Chelsea, in their opening game of the season saying “You clearly see it already last season, they were a very good side in the Championship. “They are well organised; they have both their coach and players that know what level what would be expected of them. “We all that opening weekend against Chelsea what the team is capable of, so we know we have to put in a professional performance.”

Speaking of that game back in February, Eidevall believes that the scoreline didn’t necessarily reflect the balance of play saying: “I thought that match was much closer than 4-0, I thought 4-0 was a very flattering score line for us in that game. As I have said, I felt they were good in the Championship last season, I was impressed by them when we were playing them in the FA Cup.”

Arsenal will be looking to stay at the top of the table alongside Manchester United and Chelsea who also both have nine points although Chelsea have played a game more.

Liverpool host Arsenal at 12pm midday on Sunday, live on BBC Two and the BBC iPlayer.

Impetus’ Shannon Cookson heard the views of opposing head coach Matt Beard of Liverpool in his media conference. Click here to read it: https://impetusfootball.org/2022/10/21/beard-this-is-why-we-want-to-be-in-this-league/

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