Chelsea: Emma Hayes says Blues’ Champions League opponents Lyon are a different proposition now compared to earlier in season | Football News

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 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.

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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