Hayes: Chelsea mission driven by spirit as Juve await

Juventus, who we beat 2-1 away in the reverse fixture, pose an ever-improving threat under the guidance of former Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro, according to Hayes.

‘I really rate this team,’ she said. ‘They are improving with every game. They are comfortable being without the ball, they are comfortable sitting in their own half and attacking in the right moments but they won’t be afraid to play.

‘This will be a really, really good game. It’s important for us that every single player is switched on.

‘They want a point so I expect them to play for a point. I expect them to sit in and make it difficult for us. They defend their box very well and are dogged. We are at home in front of our own fans and flying and full of confidence but we respect them. I think they will become a big player in the women’s game.

‘There is no denying I want to win the Champions League,’ she added. ‘But no more than the Women’s Super League, the FA Cup and the Continental Cup because you can’t put your eggs in one basket and in the Champions League we are still relative newcomers.’

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