Emma Hayes urges Chelsea to seize opportunity for semi-final spot in Women’s Champions League.

Chelsea midfielder Guro Reiten’s stunning curling strike gave her team victory in Lyon last week. Now, Chelsea boss Emma Hayes says her team must “seize the opportunity” to reach the semi-finals of the Women’s Champions League. On Thursday night, the Blues, who reached the final in 2021 but have yet to win the competition, will play at Stamford Bridge following their narrow 1-0 lead over eight-time champions Lyon in their two-legged quarter-final. “It is important to be aggressive in the right moments, be positive in everything we do and seek to take this opportunity that is there in front of us,” said Hayes, adding that Chelsea knows what to expect and must have the right mentality. Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson, also hopeful, says the Blues can “feed off” their home support, with 17,000 tickets already sold. Lyon have been knocked out of the quarter-finals just once in the past 13 years and are current European holders. They could be bolstered by the return of striker Ada Hegerberg, who could play following her recovery from injury. However, Chelsea centre-back Millie Bright is doubtful due to absence from training on Wednesday.

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