Women’s Champions League preview: Jess Carter can’t wait for big PSG night

With Chelsea Women preparing to host Paris Saint-Germain at Kingsmeadow on Thursday, Jess Carter is hoping for another special atmosphere under the lights at our KT1 home.

The 21-year-old was part of the Blues side which booked our place in the FA Cup semi-finals with a 1-0 win over Durham on Sunday, which has moved us a step closer to retaining the trophy we won so impressively last season in a thrilling final against Arsenal.

That victory came prior to her move to Kingsmeadow ahead of the 2018/19 season and adding a winner's medals in the major competitions was one of her main aims when signing for the club from Birmingham City. The other?

'I wanted to be playing in the Champions League, competing against the best teams and players in the world,' said Jess Carter, who made her professional debut for Birmingham in a quarter-final match in this competition against Arsenal as a 16-year-old – winning Player of the Match, no less.

'I'm really looking forward to this tie. I love every game, but those Champions League matches, under the lights and in front of a big crowd, are what we play football for. Now we want to get through to the next stage.'

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The right-back's past two appearances for the Blues have come in a defensive-midfield role which has utilised her strength and athleticism to good effect.

Her solid performances helped us to wins at Liverpool and Durham, and she thinks the tough nature of our FA Cup quarter-final will stand us in good stead for Thursday's game, while also acknowledging there is quite the contrast between taking on a side from the Championship followed by a meeting with one of Europe's top clubs.

'That's just football, isn't it? You come up against so many different teams of varying ability, and Durham might even have a bit more fight than PSG. We don't know yet and we'll cross that path when we get to it.

'PSG are obviously a great team, with a good record in Europe, so it will be a different game. We'll assess them and make sure we've got the game-plan in place to get a result on Thursday.'

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If you can't make Thursday's game, seats are also on sale at half-price for the final home league game of the season - on Sunday 31 March against West Ham.

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