Captain Magdalena Eriksson says Chelsea’s heavy Girls’s Champions League ultimate defeat by Barcelona final season will “gasoline” their newest bid for European membership soccer’s greatest prize.
Lower than 5 months after being overwhelmed 4-0 by Barca, Chelsea face Wolfsburg within the revamped competitors which now features a group stage.
“That ultimate will all the time be with me,” Eriksson stated.
“It nonetheless impacts me right now as a result of it will get me motivated on daily basis.”
The Swedish defender, 28, says no-one at Chelsea has “dwelled” on the defeat, nevertheless it stays a priceless “studying expertise”.
“We all know we now have the standard in our squad to win it [the Champions League], and that might be our purpose once more this 12 months,” she stated.
“It is gasoline for us, we all know we now have the standard to succeed in the ultimate as we did it final 12 months. We all know we are able to play higher than we did in that ultimate.”
‘An enormous step for ladies’s soccer’
A serious change to the Girls’s Champion League this season sees the earlier two-legged knockout format changed with a contest that now begins with a bunch stage earlier than progressing to a knockout section.
Chelsea start their marketing campaign in opposition to acquainted rivals Wolfsburg, who they acquired previous on the quarter-final stage final season having beforehand had three Champions League campaigns ended by the Germans.
Group A additionally consists of Italian champions Juventus and Swiss Girls’s Tremendous League title winners Servette.
Eriksson stated she feels “privileged” to be be amongst these “making historical past” by enjoying within the first spherical of group video games.
“It is a huge step for ladies’s soccer,” she stated.
“I watched the lads’s Champions League rising up, and for me this has been one thing I’ve all the time thought of ‘why do not we now have a bunch stage?’ It’s such a very good format.”
Chelsea boss Emma Hayes says she is “excited” by the change for what she anticipates might be their hardest marketing campaign in Europe but.
“I like the truth that each sport goes to be actually aggressive from the beginning moderately than have to attend till the quarter-final stage,” she stated.
“We really feel skilled and used to enjoying on this competitors. We’re not stunned by something that occurs in it, however we additionally know that any group can knock you out.
“There are 10 or 12 prime groups in Europe, Wolfsburg being one among them and Juventus is one other powerful sport in our group. You must be at your greatest, however I believe we now have collective knowledge of a quantity years now.”