Chelsea Ladies boss Emma Hayes has said that more can be done to help English teams achieve success in Europe.
The Female Blues face Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals of the Champions League this week, with the Germans having won the competition in 2012 and 2013.
However, with the Ladies’ cup and league-winning season finishing more than a month ago, Hayes feels the FA could do more to help her team prepare:
“I think, long term, we probably have to look at scheduling of our own leagues, so that English teams are prepared in the best possible way,” the 36-year old said to Sky Sports.
“I think a four week break inbetween fixtures is too long.
Hayes also said that her side’s game will not be easy, stating that nothing can be taken for granted against top teams:
“One thing that is distinctly different is you get lulled into a false sense. You think the game is comfortable, and then all of a sudden top teams can just pick you off.
“That’s where the experience of those players who have played in the competition really comes to fruition.”
The former Arsenal coach has said that her aim is not to give anything away in the first leg, which is at home:
“We want a clean sheet; not to concede at home. We’ve had 13 [clean sheets] this season and that’s what we build that foundation on.”