Millie Bright is at the heart of a Chelsea side that are absolutely smashing it out of the park at the moment. Having wrapped up the WSL and with an appearance in the Champions League final on the imminent horizon, we caught up with the defender for the latest episode of ‘The Dial Up’.

Having established herself as a lynchpin in the centre of this ever-impressive Chelsea side’s defence, Millie Bright’s status in the game just continues to elevate. The last time we spoke to her was just prior to the last World Cup, and since then she has gone on to cement her position as an England regular, as well as secure back-to-back league titles with what is fast becoming an all-conquering Chelsea side under the guidance of Emma Hayes. A date with Barcelona is all that stands in the way of undisputed greatness for this side, and Bright is a driving force within.

The ‘Dial Up’ is a SoccerBible podcast series that brings an unfiltered conversation to the fore, and with each guest it explores players’ experiences through football and their interests away from the game. It’s a casual check in with some of the biggest names on the planet, and these conversations are about showing character and personality, while highlighting the human nature of football’s finest.

For the latest episode we welcomed Bright and discussed her journey, her unique outlook and humble approach, touching on daly brightness – her and best friend Rachel Daly’s way of giving a little something back – whilst also discussing mental strength and her overall outlook. We also touch on the Olympic dream, her aspirations away from football and the energy she has to use her profile for good.

We’re still not where we want to be in the women’s game. So we’re still working extremely hard to keep changing the game, to keep progressing it, not for our generation, but for the next generation."
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When I first got that offer from Chelsea it felt a bitt daunting; I was coming from semi-pro to professional, with some of the best players in the world there when I signed – and still are – and I’m just coming from a small place and a semi-pro team. But it’s in those moments when your family picks you up and say ‘no, you are good enough.’”
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It’s better than a goal. It sets a tone. For teammates that probably don’t do it as much it gets them up. If you’re under the cosh in a game and someone puts in an absolute nail of a challenge, it just gives you the feeling of ‘we’re back in it’. Any defender who says they don’t like tackling like that is probably not a true defender for me."
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Listen to the full interview with Millie Bright here. You can also check out the full archive of The Dial Up on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.