Chelsea manager Emma Hayes says that her side know exactly what they need to do to defeat Bayern Munich in the UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-finals and in-turn, reach the final.
The Blues will take on Bayern away from home in the first leg tomorrow afternoon before welcoming Jens Scheuer’s side to Kingsmeadow next Sunday for the second leg.
Speaking in the pre-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were in attendance, Hayes said “I think once you get into the position where you can grind out results and be in the position we are in, we know what it takes to get to the next step and that is going to be the challenge for the team, we need to push on one step closer.
“There’s a confidence going into the game on Sunday from the players. They (Bayern) are different to Wolfsburg as they have a lot of creative players that will look to break us differently, they are quick down the sides and they have players that are top young players in their squad.
“We’ll have to stay aware of the likes of Schuller and Buhl. I think in Linda Dallmann and Lina Magull they have got two outstanding midfielders. I think they’re in the position they’re in because they have a lot of quality and these players are just some of their key threats.
“We know it is going to be a different game and we can’t can compare Atletico or Wolfsburg to this moment. We have a game plan set that I want and the players just have to make sure they go out there and execute it.”
Chelsea reached the semi-finals two years ago but were defeated by Lyon over two legs. Hayes knows that her side have to focus and prepare on this game and try not to think about past defeats in the competition.
She added “Every coach will tell you that if you lose a game as important as that Lyon defeat, that stays with you and you are always reminded of it because you don’t want to be in that position again.
“What I’ve said to the girls is getting to the point we’re at now hasn’t just happened, this has been down to a lot of hard work over a long period of time.
“We will prepare as we normally would and go into the game knowing we have a squad of players capable of getting a result.”
Following the win over VfL Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals, Hayes commented how she had waited for the moment for nine years but she feels that this game has to be treated just the same as any other one.
She went on to add “Listen, I genuinely just look at everything on a game-to-game basis and I’ve come away not being happy with my side’s way we played.
“As far as I’m concerned, we have to forget the last nine years. I want to make sure that when the moments get difficult in the Bayern Munich games, and they will come, that we are better in the moments that matter if you want to become champions.
“Our decision making in possession and our use of the ball in the right situations have to improve and I for one, want to see an improved performance than what we saw in the second half against Manchester City.”
Chelsea’s UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-final first leg fixture against Bayern Munich is scheduled to kick-off at 4pm on Sunday afternoon and will be screened live on BT Sport 2.