Ladies preview: Highlighting the progression

Emma Hayes expects tomorrow night’s Champions League semi-final against Wolfsburg at Kingsmeadow to show just how far Chelsea Ladies have progressed since the two sides last met.

We have reached the last four of Europe’s premier club competition for the first time, a historic achievement which fans can watch unfold at our home in KT1 from 6.05pm on Sunday. Ticket information is here.

However, standing in our way are a German side who have ended both of our previous Champions League campaigns – but Hayes thinks her side are better prepared than ever to show why we are now among Europe’s elite.

‘It’s an opportunity for us to show how much we have grown in this competition over the past three years,’ she said.

‘I think you're going to see a game between two opponents where in the past it was very one-sided, but now there will be a lot more parity between the sides.

‘They have a lot more experience, not just in this competition, but a collective group of players who have been together for quite some time – and I believe that is one of the factors that contributes towards winning the tournament.

‘But we have shown how resilient we are this season. We’re top of the league, in another FA Cup final and we’ve beaten some quality European sides to reach the semi-finals. We’re coming of age and I expect us to show that in our performance.

‘We’re not just here to make up the numbers and I think if the tie is still in the balance come the full-time whistle, we're confident in our ability to deliver a performance away from home.’