BIRMINGHAM City midfielder Andrine Hegerberg believes Bromsgrove footballer Chloe Peplow plays a huge part in her side’s biggest strength on the field.
The two Blues players will descend on Wembley this Saturday to take on Manchester City in the SSE Women’s FA Cup final.
Their journey to the game has already seen them get past last season’s winners and runners-up Arsenal and Chelsea respectively, with the current FA Women’s Super League champions the only side stopping them from repeating their cup-winning exploits of 2012.
That’s in no small part due to their midfield profligacy, at least in the eyes of Hegerberg, with Peplow a key instigator in their success despite still being just 19 years of age.
“Chloe is a youngster who has come in and done really well, not only with us but with the national team too,” said the Norwegian international.
“It’s not always easy to come in but she has done that very well, and she is a big part of our combinations.
“We have a good balance in that midfield, our whole team is a strong unit but we have a good mix in that midfield.
“We all play and communicate in a way that gives us a lot of success.
“The whole team works very hard and we are able to feel the impact of that which is very important.”
Despite already forming potent connections around the park, the Blues are a rather different outfit to the one that won the FA Cup in 2012.
Indeed only two of that winning side remain, with Hegerberg herself still in her first year with Birmingham having moved from Swedish football.
That changing of the guard has extended to management too, with Marc Skinner at the helm since January, though Hegerberg believes it’s the collective team spirit that means the most to her, Peplow and the rest of the team.
“We believe in our team and the strengths we have, we know we’ve got the quality and we want to be able to show that in the final,” she added.
“We’ve got a fantastic team spirit, a good mix between young and experienced players and we’re very focused in training every single day.
“We want to play entertaining football, not the old classic English kick-and-run, and we know we have improvements to make but we enjoy playing with each other and getting the job done.”
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/