Chelsea will look to take another step towards UEFA Women’s Champions League glory when they take on Spanish club Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their round of 16 tie at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday evening.
The UEFA Women’s Champions League trophy remains the one major piece of silverware which is missing from Chelsea’s trophy cabinet but manager Emma Hayes will be hoping to see her side finally win the competition this season and in-turn, end reigning champions Lyon’s long hold on the trophy.
Chelsea will return to action for the first time in two-and-a-half weeks when they take on Atletico Madrid. The Blues have won both of their last two Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixtures against Arsenal and Bristol City without conceding a goal. Emma Hayes’ side qualified for the UEFA Women’s Champions League round of 16 by beating competition debutants Benfica 8-0 on aggregate in the last round.
The Blues are thought to have no new injury concerns to contend with ahead of the match and manager Hayes will have plenty of selection dilemmas to ponder over.
Atletico Madrid arrive at Kingsmeadow having won just one of their last three league matches. They qualified for the UEFA Women’s Champions League round of 16 with a 9-2 aggregate victory over Servette in the last round.
Former Chelsea keeper Hedvig Lindahl could feature against her former club while Toni Duggan, previously of Manchester City, is also a notable member of the Atletico Madrid side.
Chelsea’s UEFA Women’s Champions League round of 16 first leg tie against Atletico Madrid kicks-off at 7pm on Wednesday evening and will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2.