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Erin Cuthbert reflect on ‘bittersweet’ Chelsea century as Blues prepare for clash with Bristol

ERIN CUTHBERT says she never dreamed she would join Chelsea’s 100 club.

But the Scotland forward faces Bristol City today having joined Blues icons on  a century of appearances for the  Londoners in last week’s 1-1 draw at Manchester United. 

And she and the Women’s Super League champions will be looking for maximum points today. 

Cuthbert, 22, admitted: “It felt a bit bittersweet reaching the milestone against United because we drew that game.

“I could never have imagined I’d make 100 appearances because that achievement is up there with the legends like Claire Rafferty, Katie Chapman, Ji So-Yun, Fran Kirby and Eni Aluko.

“It is a really big honour. It’s been nearly four years since I’ve been here, so if you divide 100 by that, it’s quite a lot of games per year.” 

Emma Hayes’ team host a City side keen to bounce back from a 4-0 opening-day pasting to Everton. 

The Bristol team, who avoided a drop to the Women’s Championship last term, have three tough opening Women’s Super League fixtures this season. 

A daunting trip to Arsenal, who thumped West Ham 9-1 on Saturday awaits the Twerton Park side following their Chelsea visit.

But Robins boss Tanya Oxtoby feels her players  can rise to the challenge of playing the champions. 

Oxtoby, 38, said: “We’ve responded in terms of the performances in training. 

“And there is no tougher test than to go to one of the best teams in Europe.   

“When we are on form and we put in a 90-minute performance to the best of our abilities, we can go toe-to-toe with anyone.” 

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