Chelsea boss Emma Hayes doesn’t anticipate her players feeling intimidated by a partisan home crowd in Paris during their final Women’s Champions League group match.
Hayes’ team, having secured a spot in the knockout stages by defeating Real Madrid 2-1 last week to top Group D, now faces Paris FC, who can also advance with a victory.
Paris must secure a win at the Sebastien Charlety Stadium on Tuesday night and rely on Swedish side Hacken failing to beat bottom club Real Madrid.
Emma Hayes siad in the press conference: “It’s an important game for both of us. We know from the home game the qualities of Paris. We know it’s a game they want to win. But so do we.
“We respect them. It’s their home, we know it will be a big crowd and we’re looking forward to it.
“Playing in front of a crowd is normal for us. We’re used to big numbers, we like to play with a crowd.
“We’ve played in Paris before, albeit at PSG, so we know what the atmosphere is like and the players very much like playing in front of numbers.”
Emma Hayes: We know what their threats are
Chelsea, leading the Women’s Super League with just one defeat in their first 12 matches, remain undefeated in Group D with three wins and two draws.
Bidding to extend their three-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the WSL on Sunday against Everton, Hayes is not looking beyond the next challenge in the French capital.
“We respect the competition and the group,” added Emma Hayes. Her side beat Paris 4-1 at home in the first leg. “We know what their threats are. We know particularly the pace they have in the wide areas.
“I also think they’ve got good experience centrally. I think it will be a different game from the game at Stamford Bridge.”
Goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger stays at home due to injury, and Germany midfielder Melanie Leupolz will be rested. However, Hayes confirmed an otherwise unchanged squad selection.