Captain Magda Eriksson says there is faith that Chelsea can reach a second women’s Champions League final.
Chelsea begin their European campaign to Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday in a test opening match, and they will be without Fran Kirby, who is sidelined with illness.
While Chelsea excelled in the group stage last season, after reaching the final last season, when Barcelona beat them 4-0.
“The preparation has been really good and we are ready for this game,” Eriksson said.
“It was a difficult game in a difficult group. We are playing against one of the best teams in France, and we will have to work for that.
“There are a handful of teams that can win the Champions League this season, and I consider PSG to be one of the teams that can.
“But I think our belief is really strong because we know we have it in us. We can get to the final because we’ve done it and I think we’ve progressed. more since then”.
“Believing is one thing, doing it is another. This year we really want to get through the group stage.
“We have to play one game at a time, not thinking about a final, and it’s important to start well tomorrow.
“I like games and challenges like this. Top of the table is the goal, it’s going to be tough, but that’s what we’re hoping for.”
Paul Green and Denise Reddy will oversee their second game in charge, with Chelsea manager Emma Hayes recovering from an emergency hysterectomy she underwent earlier this month.
Apart from Kirby, Jelena Cankovic is not quite fit and Melanie Leupolz is on maternity leave.
“The processes haven’t really changed,” Green said. It’s business as usual.
“We miss Emma. She’s getting better every day and we need to get through this to make sure we’re in a good position when she comes back, whenever possible.”