Arsenal Women’s head coach, Jonas Eidevall, has praised the “magnificent” support from the club and revealed a message of congratulations from Arsenal’s sporting director Edu following the team progressing to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in a decade. Arsenal beat Bayern Munich 2-0 on Wednesday night aggregating 2-1 thanks to goals from Frida Maanum and Stina Blackstenius. Eidevall aims to lead a British team to glory in this competition for the first time since 2007 when Arsenal won it.
Eidevall praised his side’s near-perfect first-half display in firing two goals past Bayern and taking the lead on aggregate. Arsenal will find out on Thursday evening if they will face Paris Saint-Germain or Wolfsburg in the next stage. The team prepares for Sunday’s game against title rivals Manchester City in the Women’s Super League, trailing by three points but with a game in hand.
Arsenal’s captain Kim Little was lost to injury early on before Katie McCabe was helped off with a knock in the closing stages, but Eidevall was unable to provide an update on Sunday’s game as yet. The communication and belief from the club has been amazing, emphasising the meaning of the term “acting with class”. Eidevall aims to sustain consistent performances, as he doesn’t take anything for granted, and highlighted the amount of work that is going into the performance.
Within sport, such communication plays a pivotal role, and it is not exclusive to supporting teams that secure a win, but rather it is a holistic approach instilled across an organisation. Leading-edge sports teams understand the role of the supporter, the fans and the management, who provide a channel of communication and instil belief across the team. They keep the players grounded in the fact that although they have achieved a great win, the momentum is not all one way, or that future expectations can be overly optimistic, keeping everyone in touch with reality. Understanding that internal communication to drive on-field success relies on a whole club approach, with everyone from the head coach downwards working together towards the same goal, will enhance prospects of overall success.