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The Sunday semi-final in the league is not easy for Maria Thorisdottir and Maren Mjeldes Chelsea. They meet their former teammate Ada Hegerberg and Lyon.

"Of course it's great to be in a semi-final in the main league. We had the experience last year with a historic semifinal against Wolfsburg. So it was not quite as we expected, but we got to know a bit where the level is, says Thorisdottir.

– I think we can do this.

Lyon have been by far the best team in recent years and have won the championship for four consecutive years. Chelsea are one of the clubs that are investing more and more with the goal of challenging the French team.

Thorisdottir and Mjelde became important players after arriving at Chelsea two years ago.

Whipped Thorisdottir

Team captain Maren Mjelde and Thorisdottir played for Chelsea in recent seasons.

Photo: Berit Roald / NTB scanpix

"Lyon has been very good in recent years, how do you know them?"

I'm really looking forward to it. They are the ones who pressed for it. We just have to go out and do as we usually do, so I really believe we can do that, "says Thorisdottir.

– Fear that it would never be good again

For the defender, the way to the semi-finals has been special. It's only been a few weeks since she was trusted for games after half a year on the sidelines. In October she had a bang in the head during a duel.

Thorisdottir contracted a concussion. She's had it several times before, but this one was worse.

"It's been difficult and frustrating." I never thought it would take so long. When you do not know when you're back, it's very frustrating, just having to go one day at a time, she says.

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Thorisdottir is a fearless dueling player, but also gave him some shivers and concussions. Here she has to leave the track after having suffered a bang in her head during an international match in 2017.

Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

The 25-year-old actress admits she has begun to fear for her career when, after nearly three months of rest, she has shown no signs of recovery.

– I was a little afraid that this would never be good again, since I had concussions before. It was Christmas time. I had gone two to three months and still was not well. When it has taken so long and there are still no signs of improvement, you begin to doubt, she says.

"But my experience with this is that there comes a time when it just escapes. You just have to be patient until that day comes.

Norwegian duel

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Ada Hegerberg and Lyon have won the championship in the last three years.

Photo: RONNY HARTMANN / AFP

To Thorisdottir that day, once this spring. A few weeks ago, she made a comeback when the national team met New Zealand.

In Chelsea's previous match, she was back on the bench with no playing time. She's on the team for the semifinals of the day too, but she should not go straight to the starting lineup yet.

On the other hand, it is probably the captain of the Norwegian team Maren Mjelde, who scored the decisive goal when Chelsea went to the semifinals.

Thus, it will probably be at least one Norwegian duel – Mjelde against the great scorer Hegerberg.

"It's the biggest player you can do as a club player, so that means a lot," Mjelde says of today's game.

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