Chelsea Women’s Champions League adventure continues this evening as we welcome Real Madrid to Kingsmeadow looking to extend our winning run to 10 matches in all competitions.
Emma Hayes was back in the dugout for our weekend victory over Tottenham and she will be hoping for a similarly dominant performance against the Spaniards, who are two points behind us in Group A after the opening two matches.
Defender Millie Bright has featured for the Blues throughout this period of excellent results, which has seen us return to the top of the Women’s Super League table and start with a 100 per cent record in Europe.
The 29-year-old cites freedom, fearlessness and fun as factors behind such impressive recent performances.
‘We’re in great form,’ she said. ‘Most importantly, everybody is enjoying their football and playing with smiles on our faces, proving that we’re here for business.
‘Each season we want to progress and we want more trophies but we know there’s a process in that. We’re really excited.’
Yet it hasn’t all been good news for the team this week following the update that midfielder Pernille Harder sustained a hamstring injury while representing Denmark during the recent international break.
A club statement revealed she has undergone surgery and is expected to be sidelined for a significant period, with Bright admitting Harder’s absence would be a big blow.
‘As a team, we’re devastated,’ she revealed. ‘She’s such a key player and you don’t want to see any player go through that sort of injury.
‘However, we do have the depth in the team and everyone around her will be there every step of the journey.’
More immediate attention returns to the visit of Real Madrid, who lost ground on the Blues with a goalless draw at home to Paris Saint-Germain last time out.
They are currently fifth in their domestic table ahead of a first-ever meeting with Chelsea and Bright has warned her team-mates to be alert under the lights at Kingsmeadow.
‘Aggressive, great energy, great attacking presence,’ she replied when asked about what to expect from Real.
‘We have to be switched on defensively. It’s going to be an interesting game and it’s going to be feisty but it’s certainly one we’re ready for.
‘We take it game by game. We want to keep showing our dominance, keep progressing as a team, but ultimately get the job done, get the win and keep proving ourselves in Europe.’
Tickets for the match are still available, while supporters who cannot attend will be able to watch it via the DAZN YouTube live stream on chelseafc.com and The 5th Stand app.