Chelsea Women go head-to-head with Lyon on Sunday aiming to secure a place in the final of the Champions League.
A Magdalena Eriksson own goal and an Amandine Henry header gave Lyon a two-goal lead in last weekend’s first leg, but Erin Cuthbert’s second-half effort secured what could prove to be a vital away goal for Chelsea.
Chelsea are bidding to reach the final for the first time, while Lyon are chasing their fourth Champions League success in a row and sixth overall.
Midfielder Sophie Ingle produced an impressive performance in the first game and she believes the Blues can book their place in the final with a win this weekend.
“We showed composure when we needed to but we also moved the ball fast at times,” she told the club’s official website.
“Then we slowed it down at times when we needed to do that, so I thought we managed the game really well.
“We had chances before the goal we scored and it would have been great to finish one of those off and get two away goals, but we are happy with an away goal against Lyon.”
Over 22,000 people watched the first game in Lyon and this Sunday’s meeting at Kingsmeadow is close to a sell-out.
The attendance was the largest for any Women’s Champions League game except the final and Ingle admits it gave the team motivation to raise their game.
“It was really good – you could hear the crowd chanting all the time for Lyon,” she added.
“That gives you a bit more momentum because you know they are against you so you have to push that much harder.
“We even had some fans in Lyon that travelled over which was great for us – we can’t thank them enough. Hopefully they can create a big atmosphere for us at home.”
While Chelsea were satisfied with a 2-1 defeat, the result could have much better had Fran Kirby not had a penalty saved on the stroke of half-time.
However, Blues’ boss Emma Hayes was happy with her team’s performance and is confident they have the talent to complete the job this weekend.
“I said this is who we are, we get up, get back, go again, be capable, be brave, leave with no regret,” she said.
“I don’t want any regret and I also know what our team is capable of, and the rest of the world saw that in this game.
“So many teams when they play against Lyon the game is over in 15 minutes, so the challenge for my team is to show resilience and determination but importantly the tactical application too.
“We are playing against the top team in the world and if you don’t play with your head, then the game will be very, very difficult.”
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