The start of a new campaign always promises something different. Fresh challenges, different faces and revamped opponents. Some things, however, remain the same as Chelsea beat Tottenham, goals from Mia Fishel and Lauren James earning them all the points with a late strike from Martha Thomas narrowing the deficit.

Chelsea have their sights set on a fifth-straight WSL title and a continuation of their domination at the top of English women’s football. An opening-day fixture in front of over 14,000 fans against a team that finished ninth last year looked straightforward on paper. However, Emma Hayes would have been aware of the potential stumbling block.

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