‘If she scores I’ll feel really bad!’ New documentary lifts the lid on life for female stars Alisha Lehmann and Ramona Bachmann… who are partners but line up for rival clubs Chelsea and West Ham
- Swiss footballers Alisha Lehmann and Ramona Bachmann are in a relationship but play for rival teams in the Women’s Super League
- Lehmann is a striker for West Ham, while Bachmann plays up front for Chelsea
- It means they have to put affection aside for 90 minutes twice a season
- BBC Three documentary called ‘Britain’s Youngest Football Boss’ tells the tale of when the two lovers played against each other in November
- Bachmann earned the domestic bragging rights, scoring twice in a 2-0 win
Every professional footballer will claim they give everything to get the better of their opponents on the pitch.
But what is one of those opponents is someone you’re deeply in love with?
That was the surreal situation Swiss internationals Alisha Lehmann and Ramona Bachmann found themselves in earlier this season.
Swiss footballers Alisha Lehmann (left) and Ramona Bachmann are in a relationship but also play for rival teams in the Women’s Super League
Bachmann (left) plays for Chelsea as a striker, while Lehmann lines up for West Ham
A new BBC Three documentary tells the story of what happened when these lovers came up against one another on the football pitch back in November
The documentary, called ‘Britain’s Youngest Football Boss’ goes behind-the-scenes into their home life ahead of the West Ham vs Chelsea league fixture
The pair are in a relationship but play for rival teams – West Ham and Chelsea respectively – in the Women’s Super League.
And when those two London rivals went head-to-head back in November, Lehmann and Bachmann had little choice but to put aside their mutual affection for 90 minutes.
The tale of Lehmann, the 20-year-old West Ham forward, and Bachmann, the 28-year-old Chelsea striker, is told on the fourth episode of the series, just released on iPlayer.
The pair find themselves in a surreal situation when they line up against one another in a game
The shared affection for one another is evident in the girls’ social media updates
The story of Lehmann and Bachmann is told on the fourth episode of the BBC Three series
In the documentary, the couple speak about how they both make sacrifices for football careers
Born: Tagertschi, Switzerland on January 21, 1999
Club: West Ham United (signed 2018)
International appearances: 11
International goals: 3
Born: Malters, Switzerland on December 25, 1990
Club: Chelsea (signed 2017)
International appearances: 82
International goals: 43
Going behind the scenes at their shared home, a trailer shows the build up to the match, with Sullivan, son of Hammers co-owner David, saying ‘we’ve never had partner up against partner in the men’s game.’
Speaking about their shared life in football, Bachmann says: ‘There are a lot of positives with having someone who does the same thing.
‘I am not going out at the weekends because I have games, she knows what I am going through and I understand her as well.’
Lehmann speaks about how compatriot Bachmann was her ‘idol’ when she started playing the game: ‘She is really, really good, technical and fast. I am a little bit nervous but I think it will be a good game.’
But she adds: ‘If she scores I will feel really bad!’
Lehmann, 20, describes her partner Bachmann, 28, as her footballing ‘idol’ growing up
Four episodes of the BBC Three programme is available through iPlayer now
The couple pose for an Instagram snap while visiting London’s Chinatown district
The couple shoot a glance at one another as they prepare to take the field for rival teams
On the day, it was Bachmann who claimed the domestic bragging rights, scoring both goals as Chelsea defeated West Ham 2-0
In the match, played on November 4, Chelsea win 2-0 and, unfortunately for her girlfriend, Bachmann scores both goals.
At the end, a visibly disappointed Lehmann doesn’t want to talk about the outcome having lost out on the bragging rights front at home as well as the points on the pitch.
Their relationship became public knowledge last year, with their national team coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg saying, with plenty of understatement: ‘The situation is not exceptional in women’s football.’
The return fixture between Chelsea and West Ham is on March 31.