Chelsea manager Emma Hayes says that her side will be preparing for this weekend’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against West Ham United ‘like it’s the Champions League final’.
The Blues come up against a West Ham United outfit who are winless in four Barclays FA Women’s Super League matches while Olli Harder’s side were hammered 6-0 by Chelsea in last month’s FA Women’s Continental League Cup semi-final tie at Kingsmeadow.
Despite The Hammers’ poor form, Chelsea manager Hayes says that her side will be preparing for the match like any other, commenting that they will be preparing for the game ‘like it’s the Champions League final’.
“It’ll be really tough,” said Hayes when speaking in Chelsea’s midweek press conference in which FA Women’s Super League Full-Time were present. “They’ve got a new manager and he is running them hard, he is developing a very aggressive unit which will be difficult to break down.
“I know the threats, I felt that in the second half even when we beat them in the Continental Cup tie.
“I respect every opponent. I never take any game for granted and I always prepare for every game like it’s the Champions League final.”
Chelsea were without defender Magda Eriksson for the midweek victory against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Women’s Champions League round of 16 and Hayes went on to add that it is touch and go whether the player will be fit for this weekend’s trip to The Chigwell Construction Stadium.
She said “She’s not far away. There is a chance that she will be fit for the weekend if not, she will be ready for the next game.
“We are not talking about something big, we will just see how she recovers in the next couple of days to see if she is in contention for Sunday.
“I’d say that she’s 50-50.”
Chelsea’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against West Ham United is scheduled to kick-off at 3pm on Sunday afternoon and will be available for fans to stream live on the FA Player.