Arsenal managed to finish on top of their group last night as they thrashed Zurich 9-1! It was an action packed match, so watch it all here:
And Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson has responded on Chelsea’s good form since losing to Liverpool on the opening day of the WSL season: “I think what’s great about us is that we’re human beings, we can have poor performances but we always make sure we’re there don’t make a habit of it. It has always been that way since my time at Chelsea. We’ve always recovered from a single bad incident or a single poor performance, I think that’s why we’ve been so successful.”
Hayes has commented on her pride for her team for their continued success. “We should be extremely grateful to this team,” she said. “It is a team that has been at the top for a long time – at least domestically. The fact that we can continue to maintain a set of standards by which we live and die is what we can be most proud of. The hardest part is to keep winning. Compliments to the players who got us to the half.”
While fans and the media may be focused what Chelsea need to do to top their group, Emma Hayes has said it would be the worst mentality for her players if they made that the focus of the match. She said: “If you think ‘as long as you don’t lose by a certain number’ it’s a catastrophic headspace and one I’m not going to entertain. We play to win every game. You learn that over the years – last year was such a learning curve for the team. Training has been difficult for many reasons. If the team is pursuing the biggest things, it should train with that application and drive different overloads.”
Since this is my last live blog of 2022 I’d love to hear what your highlight of the year has been! That can be sporting, a personal achievement or whatever! I’ll share mine first, the highlight of 2022 for me was the coverage of the European Championship final. Not only did England win, but I was able to share all the action with all of you. Let me know your highlight via Twitter, @rendellx or email.
Chelsea have announced their squad for tonight and Emma Hayes made five changes from their victory over Vllaznia last week.
Chelsea starting eleven: Musovic; Charles, Buchanan, Helder, Eriksson; Ingle, Cuthbert; James, Kirby, Reiten; Kerr.
PSG, meanwhile, have made three changes following their win over Real Madrid.
PSG starting eleven: Bouhaddi; Li, De Almeida, Ilestedt, Karchaoui; Jean-François, Geyoro, Fazer; Martens, Diani, Baltimore.
Welcome back to our coverage of the Women’s Champions League and tonight we have the last matches of the group stage! We’ll bring you Chelsea v Paris Saint-Germain, but I’ll keep you updated on the other matches that take place tonight. Chelsea and PSG have both already qualified for the quarter-finals, but today’s game at Stamford Bridge is a battle for the top of the group. The Blues need to avoid defeat by two goals or more to top the group, while PSG need a win by two goals or more.
It is the last game before the Christmas holidays for both teams and they will want to end 2022 with a bang!
But who has been named for the teams? The news is out, so stay tuned for kick-off at 8pm GMT.