Chelsea boss Emma Hayes has called for her side to be “disciplined” when they face Servette in the Women’s Champions League on Tuesday.
The Swiss side reached the last 32 of last year’s competition. They have lost their opening two group games 3-0 and 5-0 versus Juventus and Wolfsburg respectively.
After losing in last year’s final, Chelsea have four points from their first two games as they drew 3-3 against Wolfsburg before they beat Juventus 2-1.
Hayes said of Servette at her press conference on Monday ahead of the first ever meeting between the clubs: “What I know about the team and what I’ve seen is they’re very aggressive, very front-footed in what they’re doing.
“Though they’ve not scored in the competition, they’ve created chances. I think they’re especially dangerous in wide areas.
“To become streetwise you have to suffer, you have to experience something, and usually that’s when you are defeated.
“As a team, understandably they are not going to be at our level just yet. But they are worthy of being in this competition and they will no doubt learn from the two previous games, and those learnings I think will add even more to this game.
“They are always a danger – an unknown team that have lost two games and are playing at home, with their crowd. But as I know in this competition, experience really matters.
“The confidence and the conviction in the performances – it’s not always about dominating, it’s about being disciplined in Europe. You have to be so disciplined away from home. There’s so many different variables and we’ll face different ones tomorrow.”
Following a 3-2 Women’s Super League loss to Arsenal in their first match of the season, the draw with Wolfsburg on October 6 is the only match in nine in all competitions that Chelsea have not won.
Skipper Magda Eriksson said: “(We are feeling) really well, really excited. I think the team is in a really good place. We’ve had two good (Champions League) results and we’re coming in with confidence.”
Pernille Harder, who has scored in both of Chelsea’s Group A games so far, could make a return to action on Tuesday after sitting out the 3-0 FA Cup semi-final win at Manchester City and then Saturday’s 1-0 WSL win at Aston Villa.
Summer signing Lauren James continues to near a first-team debut as she builds up her fitness, but Hayes has said it is unlikely that will come on Tuesday.
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