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Emma Hayes doubts there is much to learn from Arsenal’s 5-1 demolition job of Lyon earlier this season ahead of Chelsea’s clash with the European champions.

The Gunners laid down a marker in the Champions League last October with a stunning win over a side that have won the competition in six of the last seven seasons, including last year.

Lyon gained a measure of revenge at the Emirates Stadium in December to finish runners-up in their group behind Arsenal, with the French side’s reward a quarter-final clash against Chelsea, which you can follow live updates from on SkySports.com and the Sky Sports App on Wednesday night.

The teams met in a pre-season friendly in August, where Chelsea squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 before losing on penalties, and will go head to head in the first leg at the Groupama Stadium with Lyon a much stronger prospect with a number of big names back in action after injuries.

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Emma Hayes’ Chelsea face Lyon on Wednesday night

Asked whether there was anything Chelsea could take from Arsenal’s win earlier in the season, Hayes replied: “It was a phenomenal performance from Arsenal, but we also saw Lyon go to Arsenal and win 1-0.

“We know that Lyon are a top side, earlier on in the season they were missing a lot of players, that’s not the case now, they have a lot of their experienced players back.

“There are certainly things from Arsenal’s performance that night that reminded us of some of the things that we repeated in the pre-season game against Lyon.

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“But I think this is a much different game and Lyon are at a much different stage than they were earlier on in the season.”

Both Chelsea and Lyon sit atop their respective domestic divisions and many anticipate a showdown between two in-form teams may be a nip-and-tuck affair.

Hayes added: “Both teams will be working each other out, particularly in the first half. I think both ties will be very different.

“I don’t know what it’s going to look like, what I know is we’ve prepared the best we can and we’re absolutely ready.”

Chelsea’s next five fixtures

Lyon (A) – Champions League – Wednesday, March 22, 5.45pm

Man City (A) – WSL – Sunday March 26, 12.40pm

Lyon (H) – Champions League – Thursday March 30, 8pm

Aston Villa (A) – WSL – Sunday April 2, 6.45pm

Aston Villa (A) – FA Cup – Sunday April 16, kick off time TBC



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