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Karen Bardsley
Season 2015/16

KB predicts best WSL season yet

  • 16 March 2016 11:43
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Karen Bardsley believes the new FA Women's Super League season could be the most exciting yet.

For the past two seasons, the title has been claimed in dramatic fashion on the final day of the campaign and the City and England shot-stopper expects another thrilling campaign this year.

The 31-year-old, who played in every game of the Lionesses' SheBelieves Cup tournament, is itching to kick-off another adventure with the Blues in her third year at the Club.

We caught up with the charismatic 'keeper, to find out her thoughts on how pre-season has gone, upcoming games and her hopes for 2016...

In KB's words...

 I'm so excited. I've been looking forward to this for a long time and Liverpool away is a great fixture to start back up with.

Liverpool are a good side and we've played them a lot over the past few seasons so we know it's going to be tough.

They've made a lot of changes so we're going into the unknown but that will be a good test for us. We're all buzzing to get the season started.

I think we're due a win on their patch. We haven't been at full strength when we've played them before but we're in good shape and we're up for it.

The mood in the camp is definitely optimistic - we're all getting back into a routine after the international break - and we're itching to get started.

The new signings have settled in really well. It's been great working with Marie Hourihan - she's brought a real positive vibe to the group. We work really well together and it's both fun and competitive.

She's been a fantastic addition to the goalkeeping union and the group.

It's been interesting working with Kosse (Asllani) too because I played with her for a short time at Linkopings but she left shortly after I arrived so we didn't get to work together much. 

It's been nice to get to know her better - she's a free spirit and a highly competitive, skilful forward. She's very creative and very exciting.

Jane Ross is a workhorse - she puts a shift in, in every single thing she does, and Megan Campbell is great too.

This group has some fantastic characters and brilliant people. We're all really happy and positive.

Pre-season has been fun. It's been a whirlwind but very enjoyable. Abu Dhabi was amazing again - that flew by - and they're always amazing hosts.

Karen Bardsley

We've put some really good work in on the pitch since we got back and we've played against strong opposition.

We've had some good results and some good showings - the Rosengard game stands out for me - and we've had opportunities to learn new things.

We're keeping our feet on the ground though because it will be everyone's goal to win trophies. We were disappointed not to win one last season but the Champions League was an incredible 'consolation prize' and a fantastic achievement for us.

This year, we'll be playing against the top European teams which will give us even more incentive to play even better throughout the season.

I'm pleased our first league game is at home because it's always a special occasion. There's nothing like playing at our stadium. The fans are amazing - they've got their songs and chants and I really enjoy it.

Notts County are a great side that are going to be hard to come up against. They've done well to give us problems in the past.

We were fortunate enough to get a result against them in the final game of last season but we've found it hard before and I don't expect anything less.

Then of course, we play Arsenal. It's crazy to go from nothing to three tough games in quick succession but we're excited about it.

This year is a great opportunity for English women's football to shine because, with no major international tournament, the domestic league will take the spotlight.

It will get some good recognition and I think the league will be really open this year. Every team has strengthened and you can't really call it, which is exciting.

We've not had a season like that before, though last year came close. It could be the league's best season. Every season outdoes the previous one and it's great for the game if that continues.

It's hard to say what will happen. I like to sit back and let people make their own assumptions. I just have to make sure I do what I do on the pitch.

Our expectation is obviously to try and win more silverware but that's everyone's target. Every single trophy is well-sought after.

For me, of course, it will be difficult to top 2015 but I want to keep improving and become the best version of me I can be - and ultimately, keep the ball out of the back of the net!

Roll on the new season... 

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