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Women’s Champions League preview: Bethany England says the team are raring to go against Lyon

Chelsea Women have been working extremely hard all week in preparation for hosting Lyon in the return leg of the Champions League semi-final at Kingsmeadow on Sunday (2pm kick-off) and Bethany England believes this is our year to reach the final…

The game is live on The 5th Stand and Chelsea TV from 1.45pm on Sunday

The striker played a significant part in bagging the vital away goal in the first leg at Groupama Stadium when she teed up Erin Cuthbert on the edge of the area, who dispatched into the bottom corner. Upon reflection of last weekend, she believes we should have taken our chances and scored more.

‘I think we dominated quite a lot of the game, I think we showed really good spells where we really looked threatening towards Lyon,' England tells the official Chelsea website. 

‘It was a shame that we didn’t score as many as we could have because we had some good chances. Obviously the penalty, Maren’s chance and we conceded two sloppy goals which should have been prevented, but it is what it is.

‘I think for us to fight back and get that away goal was really important bringing that into the next leg. Lyon are champions for a reason and you can see the experience that they had, but I thought that we dealt with them well, we minimised as many threats as possible and I think the next leg is going to be all to fight for really.’

England has had a terrific season domestically, in the FA Cup and Continental Tyres Cup having scored 18 goals in total thus far. She will be hoping to get the opportunity to score her first ever Champions League goal in front of a sold-out crowd in Kingston-Upon-Thames

‘I have had a good season individually scoring in cup rounds and a few in the league so to start off my Champions League goals now would be a really good way to do it.

‘I’d love to score one, I think it would be probably one of the biggest moments in my career so far, but hopefully if I get that chance and manage to bag a goal, then happy days,’ she says.

‘I think you could tell by their reaction that they were disappointed with their performance,’ says the forward. ‘It’s never easy and we can expect that they probably will come out twice as hard as they did in their home leg because they want to win it just as much as we do

‘No one is denying that this next leg is going to be even harder than the first and people are going to have to run for their lives, defend for their lives and attack for their lives.

‘I can’t think of many teams that can actually go away and score an away goal to such a good team but we managed that and the advantage now is that we are on our home turf and hopefully we can get the result.

‘I think the girls are feeling like we can get to Budapest, we have got a really good positive energy about it. The atmosphere around it all, everyone is buzzing and they can’t wait to play this game.

‘I want to get to Budapest, everyone wants to get to the final and everyone is willing to work and do their part. We’re just raring to go for it.’

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