She’s only been plying her trade in English football for a little over three months but Chelsea’s Ramona Bachmann admits she already understands just how special the SSE Women’s FA Cup competition is.
Switzerland international forward Bachmann joined the Blues in January, signing from German side Wolfsburg until 2019.
It did not take the 26-year-old long to leave her mark either, scoring two goals as Chelsea beat Sunderland 5-1 to reach the SSE Woman’s FA Cup semi-finals.
That performance saw her named the player of the round for the quarter-finals as she beat off competition from four other players on the shortlist.
And, while a chance of a Wembley appearance in her maiden season with Chelsea came to an end following the Blues semi-final defeat to Birmingham City, Bachmann insists she has fallen in love with the competition.
“The FA Cup is really big and it would have been a dream come true for me to play the final – even the semi-final is really big,” she said.
“I’ve just been here for three months now and I enjoy playing here with this fantastic team.
“In the quarter-final, we did really well but I think there’s still stuff we can do better. We will keep preparing well as a team.”
Bachmann has clearly settled well into the team, also netting in her competitive debut against Doncaster in the SSE Women’s FA Cup fifth round too.
And with attention now turning to the FA Women’s Super League Spring Series, teammate Karen Carney was in no doubt has to the importance of the Swiss forward already to the team.
“I think she’s world class, those are the best two words to describe her and equally she’s a fantastic person as well,” she said.
“I love being in the same team as her, she works so hard and trains so hard every day so it’s no coincidence she is where she is and why she’s that good.
“She’s got the whole package, she can beat a player, she can link players and she can score goals.
“She works hard she knows the game really well, you tell her something once and she does it straight away, it’s fantastic.”
Tickets are now on sale for the SSE Women’s FA Cup Final on Saturday 13th May at Wembley Stadium connected by EE.
For the second consecutive year, kids go free to the final.
Adult tickets cost £15 and can be purchased here: https://ticketing.thefa.com/