Women's Super League & League Cup final news conferences: The key lines from managers

Beth Mead and Lauren James

All eyes will be on Sunday's Women's League Cup final, but there are four key Women's Super League matches coming up too.

The first domestic trophy of the season is up for grabs as Arsenal face Chelsea at Molineux in a match live on BBC Two from 14:30 BST.

Elsewhere, Manchester City can leapfrog Chelsea at the top of the WSL if they beat Liverpool on Saturday, while Aston Villa host Leicester and West Ham welcome Brighton.

Bristol City and Tottenham don't have a game this weekend as they were due to play Arsenal and Chelsea respectively.

The other WSL managers have been speaking to the media, so who is fit to play for your team this weekend? How do the managers think the title race is shaping up? And how are the nerves before the League Cup final?

BBC Sport takes a look at what you need to know with the key lines from each club's pre-match news conference.

Arsenal v Chelsea - League Cup final

Jonas Eidevall on how important the fans will be: "They are very important for creating the atmosphere and the belief in the stadium. Our fans have been so great this season in doing so. Our motivation is to win for them, our fans, for all the hours that they put down travelling, supporting our team. It's for them we need to play. It's for them we need to win. What they're doing for us, with this club, is so special. We want to do everything to reward and repay them for the faith that they're putting into us."

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes on midfielder Erin Cuthbert: "Erin is so infectious. She's definitely in the form of her career at Chelsea. She is getting more and more confident in all areas of the midfield and she's fearless. She is one of the best players in the world, she really is, she is a top, top midfielder and she deserves that credit."

Aston Villa v Leicester

Aston Villa boss Carla Ward on why Villa's away form is better than their home form: "This will be the last game at Bescot this season and we want to try and finish on a high. We know naturally our away form is better. Why is that? I couldn't tell you."

Interim Leicester boss Jennifer Foster on whether finishing in the top six is a realistic target: "That still needs to be the ambition. If for whatever reason it's seventh, it's still a massive push for us and a lot better finish than last year was. As long as we go into the mindset of taking maximum points from every game we have the best possible chance."

On what Foster expects from Aston Villa: "They've probably been like us at times in the sense of managing to grind out results and some really good ones at that. Then they have probably fallen short on occasion. It will be a great game. We know the strengths they possess especially in that front line. It will be a pretty even test."

Liverpool v Man City

Matt Beard: We know on our day we can beat anyone. I think Manchester City are in good form at the moment, especially in the league. But listen, we don't really fear anyone.
Liverpool beat Manchester City 2-1 in the WSL last season [Getty Images]

Liverpool's Matt Beard on knowing his side have beaten City in the past: "We know on our day we can beat anyone. I think Manchester City are in good form at the moment, especially in the league, so we know it will be a tough game. We're looking forward to it and it will be a good game for the neutral."

On whether Liverpool can finish in the top four: "We want to finish as high up as we can. Have we overachieved? Maybe. But we've worked incredibly hard on the training field every day. Now we are there we want to stay there. It's just about taking it game by game."

Manchester City boss Gareth Taylor on the title race: "It's a really good opportunity for us and then all of a sudden, because it's been us chasing so much this season, it's them [Chelsea] chasing us. We know it's going to be hard to do what we have to do but what an incentive. At this stage of the season, if we can do that with four games to go, then I think it's a different proposition. We're pretty much aware that we have to win our five games and that still might not be enough, but I have a feeling if we can do that then it should be enough."

On Liverpool and the threat they pose: "They try to put you under massive pressure and when they do that they leave themselves a little bit open in certain spaces. We need to be tight on what we do. We need to be brave in how we play, which we always have been. I don't expect it to be anything other than a tough game."

Man Utd v Everton

Man Utd manager Marc Skinner on their 5-0 and 7-0 wins over Everton already this season: "I am definitely expecting nothing like the previous games. They've been more solid in defence. You have to be patient, you have to be composed, you have to concentrate. If you do that, you know they'll leave you opportunities to create chances yourself. I'm not expecting the same level of goals and it to be free flowing.

On how being unable to select a consistent side has affected them this season: "We've not been able to put the consistency of performance together because we've not had consistency of selection. You need a good run of 10-15 games to get the levels of your relationship right. As a coach, it's not about disrespecting players. It's about giving yourself and your team the right ideas to play together. It's about building relationships, and that's what this year, unfortunately due to injury, we've not been able to build as effectively as we did last year."

Everton boss Brian Sorensen on his targets for the rest of the season: "We just want to get that consistency in the last bit and build on that for the new season. If we continue to perform well, which we have been doing, we can pick up points. We haven't set a target because every week we are still just trying to put a team out there."

West Ham v Brighton

Mikey Harris: Conceding goals is something we want to improve on, but we do want to be an attacking team and score goals and entertain.
Brighton won 3-2 at Leicester last weekend and 7-3 at Bristol City at the start of March [Getty Images]

West Ham Rehanne Skinner confirmed midfielder Katrina Gorry is out for the season "It's a high ankle issue. It was from a foul that wasn't given at the weekend."

On how to become more clinical after missing key chances against Chelsea: "A lot of it is about decision-making in front of goal, the composure and execution. If you second guess those moments you might not connect with the ball properly or you turn down a shot. Those moments are the kind of thing you have to train for to get that repetition but it's hard to replicate the emotion of a game to be composed under pressure. That's what we have to try to improve - the mindset and the approach of the group really."

On facing Brighton under Mikey Harris: "The team, the way that they play, has changed. It's different for us from the previous two times we've played them this season. We're looking forward to that and it will pose us a few different challenges we're preparing for."

Brighton interim boss Mikey Harris on how a win against West Ham would be a good start to the challenge he's set his players: "It will be a really tough game. If we can get a result, we can continue to look up the table and see how high we can finish. That's the challenge I've laid down to the players. We've got five games, 15 points available."

On how late goals is a positive, but Brighton need to tighten up defensively: "The late goals are really reflective of this group. Their application, their togetherness, their character has been there in abundance throughout my time in this role. Conceding goals is something we want to improve on, but we do want to be an attacking team and score goals and entertain. It's a brilliant conundrum and one I feel very privileged to try and solve alongside the staff."