Paris FC v Chelsea Women: Sophie Ingle says Blues ready to excite after ‘boring’ Real Madrid win

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Emma Hayes
Emma Hayes is in her final Women’s Champions League campaign as manager of Chelsea

Chelsea midfielder Sophie Ingle says they are prepared for an exciting end to the Women’s Champions League group stage, after manager Emma Hayes said their previous win was “boring”.

The Blues guaranteed their place in the knockouts with a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge.

Opponents Paris FC need a win to stand a chance of joining Chelsea, and Ingle says they are ready for a thriller.

“Paris will come out and give us a game, that’s what we want,” she said.

“These are the games you want to win. Last week was a boring game because Real Madrid sat in a low block.”

Despite victory last time out over Madrid ensuring their qualification from Group D, Chelsea manager Hayes was unimpressed with the standard of play and said they had expected to progress.

“I didn’t think it was a scintillating performance – I thought it was a boring game. But not every game is swashbuckling or dynamic. I thought it was quite flat,” she said.

Chelsea are top of Group D with 11 points from five games, three points ahead of Hacken, while Paris FC sit third on seven points.

The Women’s Super League champions will guarantee top spot with a point, while Paris – due to their inferior goal difference to Hacken – must beat Chelsea and hope the Swedes fail to defeat already eliminated Madrid.

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Chelsea are waiting on the fitness of Melanie Leupolz, who was replaced with 10 minutes remaining of their 3-0 victory at Brighton in the WSL on Saturday.

“Leupolz, we are testing, she just needs some extra recovery,” said Hayes.

Hayes also confirmed that goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger is injured and has not travelled with the squad to France, meaning either Hannah Hampton or Zecira Musovic will start in Paris.

The Chelsea manager – who is aiming to win the Champions League in her final campaign with the club before becoming coach of the United States women’s national team in the summer – said her side are well-equipped to deal with what could be a feverish atmosphere in the French capital.

“Playing in front of a crowd is not new for us, we like playing to a crowd,” Hayes said. “The players enjoy playing in front of numbers.”

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