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Breaking News ! This evening, Chelsea Women will play in their first-ever UEFA Women's Champions League final. Standing between Emma Hayes' side and the trophy is Barcelona. There might be a fair few supporters who will be watching the Blues for the very first time tonight when they take to the field in Gothenburg. So here's a handy guide with everything you need to know in preparation for tonight's final. Chelsea are having a good season, then? You could say that. They are the Barclays FA Women's Super League champions, sealing the domestic season in style with a 5-0 crushing of Reading last weekend. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now They also won the FA Women's Continental Tyres League Cup back in March, beating Bristol City 6-0 in the final at Vicarage Road. They're still in the Women's FA Cup too - but that won't finish until the winter, having been delayed due to the pandemic playing havoc with the fixture list in the third tier and below. Who are Chelsea playing in the final? They're playing Barcelona, who beat Paris Saint-Germain in the two-legged semi-final. They also knocked out Manchester City in the quarter-finals. Barca have reached the final once before - but they lost 4-1 to Lyon in 2019. Asisat Oshoala scored their consolation goal that day - you may remember her from her time at Arsenal Women. They have another former Gunners player in the ranks as well - midfielder Vicky Losada. How did Chelsea get to the final? They beat Bayern Munich in the semi-final, overturning a one-goal deficit from the first leg to win 4-1 at Kingsmeadow a fortnight ago. Ji So-yun celebrates after Chelsea defeat Bayern Munich (Image: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images) They took out Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals - the German side are one of women's football's strongest sides. So Chelsea haven't won a Women's Champions League title before? No. This is the first time they've got this far. In fact, it's the first time any English team has reached the final in the Champions League era – although Arsenal won the UEFA Women's Cup in 2007, the season they won the quadruple. What is Emma Hayes's background? Hayes has been Chelsea boss for nine years now, having worked in the USA in various coaching roles, and then taking the Blues job in 2012. She was also Vic Akers' assistant at Arsenal between 2006 and 2008 so she knows what it takes to win at the highest level. Read More Related Articles Barcelona are biggest test yet for Emma Hayes' Chelsea Women says former striker Eniola Aluko Read More Related Articles 'Being a winner is what drives me' - Chelsea boss Hayes has eyes on Women's Champions League prize ahead of final You'll probably know she's also been linked to the national job as well as vacancies in men's football, but she's always insisted she is happy where she is, building one of the dominant forces in the women's game. The 44-year-old grew up in Camden and had to give up playing football herself as a teenager after suffering an ankle injury. She's the mum of one - a little boy called Harry.
. The Swede has been in London for four years now, making more than a century of appearances. She was kept out of the semi-finals due to an injury that forced her off during the FA Cup fourth round win against London City Lionesses - but returned for the penultimate WSL match against Tottenham Hotspur. What on earth is 'Kerr-by'? That's the portmanteau given to Chelsea's striking stars Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr. The two have struck up an incredible understanding - with Aussie Kerr winning the golden boot thanks to her 21 goals and Kirby named the Football Writers' Association player of the year.
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Pernille Harder, she's a big deal, yeah? Definitely. As far as anyone knows - transfer fees are a big secret in the women's game, and contracts tend to be shorter - she's the world's most expensive female player and a two-time UEFA Women's Player of the Year. The Dane signed for Chelsea at the start of this season after masses of success at Wolfsburg, doing the league and cup double every year during her four-year spell there. How can I follow this Champions League final? You can follow it on football.london with our Chelsea writer Adam Newson, who'll be covering the build-up and the match itself. It's also free-to-air across BT Sport's outlets.
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