Live match preview – Real Madrid Women vs Chelsea Women 08.12.2022

Emma Hayes has reiterated Chelsea’s desire to win the Women’s Champions League and called for her side to advance to the knockout stages with a win over Real Madrid on Thursday.

The current British champions reached the final of Europe’s most elite tournament in 2021 but were unexpectedly knocked out in the group stage last season.

It’s a different story this time around, with a 100% record after three Group A games giving Chelsea a chance to secure a spot in the final eight with three points at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium.

“The Champions League is the yearly goal,” Hayes told a press conference in Madrid.

“The difference is that tomorrow we have qualified to qualify. We weren’t this time last year. Our goal has always been to win every title we compete in and this year. no different.

“It’s a tough group, so for us, just win (which is the goal) and put ourselves in the best possible position.”

Another win on Thursday will be Chelsea’s 12th in a row but Hayes knows possession will be key.

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Highlights from the WSL match between Leicester and Chelsea.

She added: “Ultimately we’re here to win and to talk about my opponent’s threats and reveal my game plan, I don’t want to do that.

“What I will say is that I think as a team, the patience with the ball and the ability to threaten, especially in large spaces, I know is part of their strength but for us We need to focus on our experience, what we did in Europe races, competitions.

“It’s a big pitch out there and to get results here we need to keep the ball really well because they do, we definitely have to have tomorrow.”

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Chelsea manager Emma Hayes says it will take time for her to regain full fitness, as she continues to recover from an emergency hysterectomy.

An important battle will take place between Scotland international Erin Cuthbert and Madrid summer signing Caroline Weir.

Cuthbert watched from the bench on Saturday as Chelsea beat Leicester by eight goals but will be eager to make an impact in Spain after scoring in each of her three games in November.

“For us, that’s really important (early qualifying). With last year’s disappointment, we weren’t looking ahead to how far we would go in the competition. First and foremost. Most importantly, the most important thing is qualifying,” Cuthbert insisted.

“I know Caroline Weir very, very well from the national team. I know her quality. In her game she is a real top player so we’ll have to do our best to keep up. stop her, like so many of their teams.”

Hayes ended his press conference with a message of good luck to England, who will face France on Saturday in Qatar for a place in the World Cup semi-finals.

“To Gareth (Southgate) and the boys, we know the whole country will be in tune,” the Chelsea manager added.

“I really enjoyed the team’s play. Hopefully we have a chance to improve. I’m sure with the way we’re playing, I don’t see any reason not to.”

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