Hope Powell prepares Brighton for the WSL season

Hope Powell expects her Albion side to play a little more football as the WSL season begins.

Tonight (7:30pm) the action begins at the popular Arsenal.

Several key players have changed recently, most notably England Under-23 defender Maya Le Tissier, who has joined Manchester United.

Albion were keen to keep Le Tissier, who previously rejected Chelsea.

But they accepted that she would leave once last season was over.

Also among the departures were Inessa Kaagman, Danique Kerkdijk, Ellie Brazil, Emma Koivisto and Aileen Whelan.

It all means a summer of rebuilding – but also a chance to change the way the team plays.

Boss Powell said it had been a busy summer as the roster was reshaped.

She told The Argus: “Players have moved on for all sorts of reasons.

“I would say there are three that we didn’t want to drive.

“The rest have family problems, problems abroad.

“Some we released because they had to go and play, and that was fine.

“We don’t have three – Maya was one of them, but it would always happen.

“The other two were unexpected and even got into some early dialogue.

“It was a bit disappointing, but that’s football.

“Then you’re reaping a whole new crop and it feels like you’re starting over – in a good way.

“But it takes time for people to settle in and understand the demands of the league.

“We survived the first season we entered the WSL and that experience helped us.

“We lost that experience so it’s going to be a challenge and they know that. I’m happy with that.

“I’m just doing my job and we’re doing our best.”

Koivisto joined Liverpool and Brazil went to Tottenham in more surprising departures this summer.

When asked if she had any sort of clean slate that would allow her to embrace a different style, Powell said, “Yes, to be honest.”

When asked what that style was, she replied, “The ability to play a little bit more with some consistency.

“Play a little more football.

“Don’t turn the ball over so quickly.

“It’s not disrespect to the players we used who were brilliant.

“But it’s always been like…”

And she ended the sentence with a big sigh, seemingly to express frustration.

She added: “It’s hard work. While we’re trying to get better, everyone else is too, so I’m not saying it won’t happen again.

“But we have to try and get better players to see if we can fulfill the way they want to play and how the staff want them to play. We have to try.”

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