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Preview: Blues v Chelsea

Carla Ward insists that Blues should embrace the challenge ahead of them on Sunday.

Barclays FA WSL Champions Chelsea are in town for a key match at Solihull Moors (2.30pm).

Coming on the back of the FA Cup Semi-Final defeat by Everton on Wednesday, which was gruelling both physically and mentally for the team, it's a tough task.

However, Head Coach Ward stresses: "We know we've had a couple of tough games that have come quickly in the FA Cup and now Chelsea.

"But if you can't get motivated to play against some of the best players in the world, then when can you?

"These are the type of occasions you live for; you shouldn't be fearful - and we won't be.

"Emma Hayes has done an unbelievable job and has got a great squad.

"But who wouldn't want to play against these players?

"As a coach, who wouldn't want to coach against Emma Hayes?"

Chelsea, of course, will be smarting themselves after Everton caused an upset to knock them out of the FA Cup last Sunday to set up the last four clash against Blues.

Ward says she will be freshening up her team considering the effort and energy that has been expended this past week.

"We certainly will freshen it up in some areas, we have players to come in into the right areas."

And Blues should have a point to prove, too.

"Look, we were naturally disappointed after losing the Semi-Final to Everton," admits Ward. "But that disappointment comes from not showing what we know we are capable of. That's where it lies.

"Credit to Everton, they are a very good side. But from our point of view we set our own standards and we didn't reach them the other night."

Gemma Lawley came in for her debut, in place of the ineligible Georgia Brougham.

About the 18-year-old, Ward comments: "She did well, we were very pleased with her.

"She came in (to the first team group) when I arrived five weeks ago and settled brilliantly. She's a solid player and there will be plenty more to come from her."

Blues remain without Lily Simkin but Heidi Logan is due to get some action for the Academy this weekend as she nears full recovery from a serious knee injury.

Don't miss the Battle of the Blues

Follow all the action as Blues host Chelsea on Sunday, 2:30pm kick-off.

Live coverage starts at 2.15pm on BT Sport.

For those not based in the UK, you will be able to listen to the match live on the FA Player. 

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