Chelsea FC Women defender Millie Bright believes the current Blues squad is the best she’s been a part of and is capable of mounting a serious challenge in the Champions League.
Bright and her team-mates go into this evening’s second leg against Benfica at Kingsmeadow with a comfortable lead following a 5-0 triumph in Portugal last week.
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Vice-captain Bright was on the scoresheet that day and the 27-year-old says the Blues are equipped to achieve success in the Champions League this season.
‘It comes down to the depth of players that we have,' she said. 'Being able to rotate and keep players as fresh as possible to get through this tough period of games, especially when it’s the Champions League as it is a different level along with the pressure that comes with it.
‘There’s natural pressure that comes with playing in the Champions League but that’s what we want. It comes down to the squad that we have and the recruitment that has gone on over the last season or so.
‘It’s important that we have everyone fresh, we can’t afford to be carrying fatigue in a competition like the Champions League so I feel we are in a really good place.
‘It’s a competition that we keep on saying that we want to win and we want to be successful in. In order to do that there are processes that come with winning and that is taking it game by game.
‘It’s so far so good but it is only half-time and we have to keep on proving ourselves and show that Chelsea are here to win.’
Having come through a tough encounter against Brighton on Sunday and a crucial game approaching in the league against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, Blues boss Emma Hayes may choose to rotate her team this evening.
The England international says Hayes having so many options creates competition for places and an environment that the Blues need if we are to achieve our ambitions this season.
She added: ‘If you want to be the best in the world and be on the biggest stage and compete against the top players then you have to have competition day in day out.
‘You have to have it where you don’t know if you are going to be playing or not and be fighting for your position.
‘No matter who you are or what your name is, everyone is equal at this club and everyone is given equal opportunities.
‘You have to train every day at one hundred per cent, you have to give your absolute all and having that competition is super important and it’s really pushed us on and pushed individuals on to higher levels.’