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Eriksson: We must be ready for anything they throw at us

Magda Eriksson has urged her team-mates to be focused on the job in hand as Chelsea Women take on tonight’s Champions League clash with Juventus.

Tonight’s hosts currently sit top of the group having won their opening group stage fixture against Servette FCCF, while Chelsea took a share of the spoils after a 3-3 draw with German outfit Wolfsburg.

Juventus are expecting a good crowd at the Allianz Stadium for this evening’s meeting and Blues skipper Eriksson has highlighted the importance of being switched on from the first minute.

She said: ‘They [Juventus] are used to dominating teams here in Italy, so it’s going to be a real tough opponent for us and we are going to have to be on the front foot from the start and be ready for anything they throw at us.

‘They have a lot of good Italian internationals, so it will definitely be an Italian dominated team, but they also have a really good Swedish player who I know really well, Lina Hurtig. She’s done really great for them. They have some other internationals who add to the team, so it’s a top team.’

Chelsea dominated our opening group stage draw with Wolfsburg and Eriksson says the Blues have learned lessons from that game and will take that into tonight’s meeting with Juventus.

‘We have definitely learned a lot from that game,’ added Eriksson. ‘That is our motto here at Chelsea, the big games happen and what we can learn is the most important.

‘Not to dwell on mistakes, but to look back on the mistakes and look at what we can we do better in the next situations and how can we improve as a team.

‘We had a good meeting after the game, we looked at it, we’ve talked it through amongst each other and we come out of it with a lot of things to take into the next game.’

Eriksson will be coming up against a familiar face in Juventus forward Hurtig and the Chelsea captain revealed that she will make her team-mates aware of the threat Blues defenders will face from her international colleague.

Eriksson said: ‘I’ve seen her grow from a young player. I’ve played with her for a long time and she has some extremely top qualities. 

'Her heading strength is amazing, she can head the ball really well. She can play with both feet, she’s quick, she’s strong so she will be a threat for us. They have a couple of other players as well who are top players and can hurt us if we are not ready.’

This evening’s clash with Juventus kicks-off at 8pm UK time (9pm CET) and will be available to watch live on DAZN’s YouTube channel, which we will link to from the website and app.

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