Millie Bright says she and her Chelsea teammates must perform in tonight’s Champions League Round of 16 tie, despite taking a 3-0 advantage with them to Rosengard.
The defender believes their first leg win last week has taken the pressure off the side for their trip to Sweden, but their hosts remain a top class side and the tie is far from over.
“It shows the level we’ve come to and how much we’ve grown as a team, and we’ve got the experience and the talent to take us forward,” she said. “Getting the 3-0 win is massive for us, but we’ve got to go out there and put in another performance.
“We’re confident, but we know it’s a tough game. The third goal in the first leg takes the pressure off a little bit, but there’s still a big job to be done and we won’t get ahead of ourselves. We’ll keep nice and calm and have a good mentality.”
Chelsea dropped their first points in the Women’s Super League on Sunday, conceding an injury-time equaliser away at Reading: the game finishing 2-2 after second-half goals from Karen Carney and Eni Aluko had looked like gaining the Blues all three points.
The draw allowed Manchester City to go two points clear at the top of the table, but Bright thinks that, come the end of the season, they will look back on the result as a point gained rather than two lost.
“We always go into competitions believing we can win them, but we’re just taking it step by step and game by game,” said Bright. “We’ve got to make sure we perform in each game. We’re confident against every opponent, we always respect them – they’re all top-class teams – but we’ve got the talent and experience to get the job done.”
Should Chelsea maintain their advantage this evening, they will advance to the Women’s Champions League Quarter-Finals for the first time in their history.
Tonight’s second leg kicks-off at 5.30pm GMT and is being shown live on the club’s YouTube channel.