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Millie Bright offers insight into what it's like to mark Vivianne Miedema

Ali Rampling
Bright has played against Miedema on a number of occasions for club and country
Bright has played against Miedema on a number of occasions for club and country / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages
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Chelsea defender Millie Bright has admitted she has found Vivianne Miedema more dangerous to play against in her new 'number 10' role than when deployed as a central striker.

The Arsenal forward has started in a deeper role during the Gunners' last three WSL matches, with January signing Stina Blackstenius operating as the 'number nine' instead.

The role utilises Miedema's touch, vision and habit of dropping off the backline to receive the ball, and from that position she became the first player in WSL history to register 100 goal involvements by netting against Birmingham on Sunday.

Her first start for Arsenal as a 'number 10' came during her side's clash with Bright's Chelsea in February, with the two title rivals playing out a 0-0 draw.

"She's brilliant," Bright told 90min Talks... International Women's Day. "I think her technical ability is probably one of the best in the league. I think she showcases that better in the 10 than the 9.

"Personally having played against her, you don't see much of her in the game on the backline because she drops in and will kind of be more lower down the pitch feeding balls into forwards. Everyone can see she's a great technician on the ball and in the box she's a pain to defend.

"I think when you do defend her like that (touch tight) that's when she drops lower down to get on the ball even more. She wants to face a back line in essence rather than have her back to goal. She's a wonderful player and I think when she's lower down on the pitch she's more effective for sure."


Millie Bright was talking on 90min Talks... International Women's Day - 90min's new YouTube show discussing all things women's football. Hosted by Sue Smith and Ben Haines, the show also featured Brighton's Danielle Carter and Girls on Ball's Sophie Downey.


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