Wolfsburg will face Chelsea in the second Leg of their UEFA Women's Champions League tie. The Wolves have the upper hand following a comfortable first leg victory, but can Chelsea find a way back into the match or is it all over for another season on the European front?
Wolfsburg had good memories of Stamford Bridge when they won the UWCL in 2013 against Lyon, which they added to a week ago by winning 3-0 against the Blues. Chelsea started off well, keen to make their mark in this season's competiton in front of a crowd upwards of 3,000.
Beth England made her return to the starting XI and understandably tried to show just why she was selected. After a while though, Wolfsburg showed why they are a force to be reckoned with and Zsanett Jakabfi broke the deadlock to put the visitors ahead in the 12th minute.
Spurred on by this, Chelsea pushed forward with the likes of Eni Aluko, Karen Carney and England pushing forward but Wolfsburg were able to deal with the threat. They doubled the lead when Jakabfi met Lara Dickenmann's whipped cross, with a similar move then repeated not long after but it was dealt with by Millie Bright.
Jakabfi later completed her hat trick in the 54th minute as the German outfit took complete control of the tie. Despite being 3-0 down, Chelsea kept pushing forward to try and at least get one goal. Emma Hayes subbed on Gemma Davison and Drew Spence for Hannah Blundell and England respectively to refresh the attacking options more but it wasn't to be.
All but over?
Not only did Wolfsburg score three goals but those were away goals. That means that Chelsea would have to score four unanswered goals to win the game at least or three to take it to extra time which will be quite some ask for the Blues. While they have done that a few times in their season, it's quite something to do it against a German powerhouse such as Wolfsburg.
With the tie all but over, Chelsea could just use this to their advantage. The tie being done means there will be less pressure on them and more time to be able to go out and enjoy this match. Emma Hayes admitted that Chelsea have fluffed their lines in the big games this year so this second leg gives them an opportunity to write a few wrongs.
Ana Borges had to be subbed off in the previous leg half an hour into the game so could possibly be out of contention for this leg. Ji So-Yun was subbed on for her and could start. The attack may look different this time with possibly four of the "front five" that Chelsea have starting: Ji, Davison, Carney and Aluko. Beth England could start again as well. The fifth person in that front 5 is Fran Kirby who is yet to return after a knee fracture kept her out for three and a half months. She warmed the bench at the previous leg and at the match vs Manchester City but with the pressure off, this could be a good time to get her some game time again.
Hedvig Lindahl had an off day in goal last time around so it is unsure whether she will start again or whether Becky Spencer will start like she has done since Lindahl returned from the Olympics.