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Chelsea prepare for biggest week in their history

Mike Bovill
Authored by Mike Bovill
Posted: Friday, April 30, 2021 - 07:20

Chelsea are preparing for the biggest seven days in the club's history, which could culminate in a shot at sporting immortality. 

The Blues need to overturn a 2-1 deficit when they play Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final on Sunday. Then follows the Blues' final two fixtures in the Women's Super League - away at Tottenham before finishing their campaign at home to Reading.

Victory in those two WSL games will mean back-to-back titles as well as having the satisfaction of winning this one on the pitch after last season's cancellation and points-per-game calculation for the title. In reality, Emma Hayes' side only need to match Manchester City's results to be crowned champions, so they can afford to a certain extent to concentrate, for now, on Europe.

The West London club have never progressed past the semi-finals in the Champions League and Hayes admitted her side were mentally and emotionally drained when they met the Germans last weekend, having played out a draw with Manchester City which went a long way towards the domestic title just four days previously.

However, having already won the Conti Cup, beating the Germans and completing a victorious league campaign will give Chelsea a shot at winning the treble and possibly even the quadruple, with their place in the fifth round of the Women's FA Cup secured thanks to a 5-0 win over London City Lionesses.

Hayes is well aware of how important the next week will be, not just in the context of the season but also potentially in the club's history.

"Trust me, I will make sure the players will put in the performance of their lives [against Bayern]. I know what we have to do and everyone in the dressing room will know what they have to do - the objective is qualifying for the final."

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