On Wednesday, Hayes and her Chelsea side come up against Wolfsburg for the seventh time in the European competition, with our last meeting three years ago at the semi-final stage. The Chelsea manager has spoken about what is needed to overcome the German giants and progress further on the European stage.
‘Six teams could win this easily, I don’t think there is one favourite over another,’ Hayes said about this season’s competition overall.
‘At this stage it’s all about needing experience, discipline and you need all of your nous because when you play outside of a domestic game there’s so many other factors involved.
‘Different refereeing, different type of presses, different types of build ups that you face in terms of what the opponent does, so you have to manage all of the stresses and that takes time to develop.
‘I’ve got a lot of experience in my team too and I’m looking forward to watching them cope and play against a team that has won every time in the biggest games against us, and I’m extremely curious to see how far we’ve progressed in the three years.
‘They are a top team, they are in finals regularly, they have been champions year on year, they are a phenomenal team.
‘Anybody getting lulled into thinking this a different Wolfsburg are fooled, this is a Wolfsburg team that have as much quality as I’ve ever seen in them and I’m sure they will be confident given their recent history against us.’