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Eidevall: ‘We're focusing on what we can control'

Jonas Eidevall speaks to the press

We’re set for a second London derby in just seven days this Sunday, only this time in the final of the FA Women’s Continental League Cup. 

We’ve got history in this competition with five titles to our name, more than any other club, but standing in our way is a Chelsea side who have secured a double or treble in each of their last three seasons. 

“This game isn’t about any revenge from me or any other side at Arsenal,” said Eidevall in his pre-match press conference. “For me, it’s about what we want to try and create together and the memories we want to create, so that's all we will focus on. 

“Chelsea has obviously been doing that very very well here over the last couple of seasons and it’s very impressive winning that much, but we need to focus on what we can do and not show them too much respect. 

“I think it's important to focus on the things that we can control. The result is very seldom something that I speak about because I don't know what that has to do with the way that we're playing. I never go in and say like ‘Oh, we should beat this team’ or ‘this match here will be very hard’. That doesn’t really matter.

"It's about how we play, how we do things and what level we do things at. That’s always the standard that we need to have and that's where our focus needs to be. Every game is new. New players will come in to experience the game and maybe some players will play on Sunday who haven't played against Chelsea before. Why would they have a history with them? So it's about the team and choosing to look forward.

“Looking at last weekend’s game has some value, but it’s also difficult because it's a big risk if you're looking at the game that you played last Sunday and you think that everything is going to remain the same. We will change, but they will also change.

"There are two systems that will adapt towards each other and as a manager, the most important thing that you can do is so to try and predict how they are going to change and adapt to you. I like that challenge and I hope that we are focused on the right points and that we will be ready for it."

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