Chelsea Ladies set for Stamford Bridge debut


Stamford Bridge hosted the 2012-13 Women’s Champions League final, won by Wolfsburg

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Chelsea Ladies boss Emma Hayes believes “the time is right” for her side to play at Stamford Bridge for the first time as their Women’s Champions League campaign begins against Wolfsburg.

The Blues, who usually play at Staines Town’s Wheatsheaf Park, are expecting 5,000 fans to attend Wednesday’s game.

Chelsea won the Super League and FA Cup last year, and Hayes says her players will relish the big stadium atmosphere.

“This squad is definitely prepared for these experiences,” said Hayes.

“We are playing the second-best team in Europe so the last thing we wanted to do is put ourselves in a position we are not ready for.

“Now, having won the league and the FA cup a year ago the squad is definitely more prepared for big stadium experiences and there is no better place to do it than at the home of Chelsea.”

Chelsea are currently second behind Manchester City in the Super League and are unseeded for this competition.

They face Wolfsburg, who were runners-up in the German Frauen Bundesliga, a round earlier than last term.

The two-time European champions beat Chelsea 4-1 on aggregate in the last 16 on their run to the 2016 final.

Chelsea and England winger Gemma Davison said: “Wolfsburg are one of the best teams in Europe at the moment and they displayed that last year.

“We’ve got a lot of respect for them. We want to put things right from last season and show that we’ve grown as a squad and a club as well.

“It’s a challenge and we’re thriving off playing at Stamford Bridge – we can’t wait to get going.”

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