Amalie Thestrup is enthusiastic about Bristol City’s prospects as they prepare to face West Ham today, looking to build on their recent performance at home against Arsenal. Despite a 2-1 loss to Arsenal prior to the international break, it marked a significant improvement compared to their previous 5-0 defeat to Manchester City.
Thestrup, who has netted two goals in four Women’s Super League matches this season, is confident that Bristol City can present a tough challenge to any team in the division. She emphasized the importance of their defensive capabilities, saying, “The Arsenal game demonstrated that we can be a hard-to-beat team, which is our top priority. Moreover, we’ve shown our ability to score goals. So, if we maintain our defensive performance from the Arsenal game, we can make it difficult for all our opponents in the league.”
Reflecting on their performance against Arsenal, Thestrup highlighted the team’s improved cohesion and a positive shift in mentality within the dressing room. She expressed a desire to prove that their previous result against Manchester City was an anomaly.
Having spent part of the previous season on loan at West Ham, Thestrup sees the upcoming clash with her former team as an ideal opportunity for Bristol City to take an offensive stance. She anticipates a challenging match, noting that West Ham is a possession-oriented and attacking team with speed in both their forward and defensive lines. Bristol City aims to match their intensity and control the game.
Bristol City’s head coach, Lauren Smith, understands the urgency of picking up points to secure their Women’s Super League status following four consecutive defeats. Thestrup believes that a victory could be the catalyst for a positive run of form, emphasizing the importance of momentum in the league.
However, Thestrup and her team remain focused on continuous improvement throughout the season, understanding that it’s a long and demanding journey. She stated, “We’ve been consistent in our approach from the start of the season, not getting carried away with highs or too disheartened by lows. Our primary goal is to progress with every game.”