Arsenal’s new head coach Jonas Eidevall has called for positive thinking from his players as they aim to secure a place in the Continental Cup final. The Gunners are set to take on Chelsea in the semi-finals, in what promises to be a tense and exciting encounter.

In his press conference ahead of the game, Eidevall emphasized the importance of a positive mindset in achieving success. “I firmly believe that mindset is everything when it comes to performance,” he said. “We need to approach this game with a positive attitude and a belief in ourselves and our abilities.”

Eidevall’s focus on mindset is not surprising, given his background as a sports psychologist. Before taking up coaching, he worked as a mental skills coach for a number of professional football teams, helping players to overcome mental barriers and perform at their best.

For Eidevall, the key to success is not just technical ability, but also a strong mindset. “Skills and tactics are important, of course,” he said. “But these things can only take you so far. To really succeed, you need to have a strong belief in yourself and your abilities, and the ability to stay focused and positive even in the face of challenges.”

This focus on positivity is particularly important for Arsenal, who have had a mixed start to the season. The Gunners have won three of their five league games so far, but have also suffered defeats to Chelsea and Manchester City. With tough fixtures coming up, Eidevall knows that maintaining a positive mindset will be key to keeping the team motivated and focused.

One player who has already taken Eidevall’s message to heart is midfielder Leah Williamson. Speaking ahead of the game, she said that Eidevall’s focus on mindset had had a big impact on the team. “Having Jonas come in with his sports psychology background and his focus on mindset has been really refreshing for us,” she said. “He’s been really clear with us about the importance of having a strong mentality, and I think that’s something that’s already starting to show on the pitch.”

Williamson also spoke about the team’s determination to secure a place in the final. “It’s a really important game for us,” she said. “We want to show that we can compete with the best teams in the league, and that we’re capable of getting results against the top sides.”

The Gunners will face a tough test against Chelsea, who are currently top of the Women’s Super League and unbeaten in all competitions so far this season. But despite their impressive form, Eidevall is confident that Arsenal can cause an upset. “We know that Chelsea are a strong team with a lot of quality,” he said. “But we also know that we’re capable of beating anyone on our day. We just need to stay focused and believe in ourselves.”

If Arsenal are to secure a place in the final, they will need to be at their best. Chelsea have some of the best attacking players in the league, including Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr, who have been in scintillating form this season. But the Gunners also have some dangerous players of their own, including Vivianne Miedema, who has already scored four goals in the league.

With both teams possessing such strong attacking talents, the game could be decided by which side is able to defend better. Arsenal will be hoping to keep a clean sheet, while also creating chances at the other end of the pitch. It promises to be a fascinating contest, and one that could have a big impact on Arsenal’s season.

Whatever the outcome of the game, Eidevall’s message of positivity and belief will be key for Arsenal going forward. With tough fixtures ahead, including games against Manchester United and Barcelona, the Gunners will need to stay focused, stay positive, and believe in their ability to succeed. If they can do that, they could be in for a successful season under their new coach.