Emma Hayes says she expects an “epic battle” between Chelsea and Juventus when they meet in the Women’s Champions League on Wednesday night.
Hayes’ side enter the Italian champions Group A two-point game after drawing in their home opener against Wolfsburg last week.
The clash will see her take on former Arsenal Women manager Joe Montemurro for the first time since ending her four-year stint in north London to take charge of Juventus this summer.
And Hayes is looking forward to facing her former rival once again, saying: “This is Italy, it’s an amazing place to play football and an opponent we haven’t played in the Champions League yet.
“So I think [there is] intrigue and interest, but a coach that I know very well and look forward to seeing Joe tomorrow in what is always an epic battle between the two of us. “
Hayes – who guided Chelsea to the Women’s Champions League final last season – also warned her side to expect a “tense atmosphere” in Turin for what could be a key game in deciding the qualification for the round of 16.
“My number one goal is to win tomorrow night,” said Hayes. “It’s an incredible opportunity to come to Turin to play against Juventus. We’re expecting a crowd, a tense atmosphere.”
But Hayes – whose side are second in the Women’s Super League – insists she and her players are relishing European nights, adding: “It’s just another great game, we’ve had some good ones already. tests so far.
“I know we have a dressing room that really enjoys playing in the Champions League and we are looking forward to playing against the best team in Italy.
“I certainly get the most fun playing against teams that I don’t really know.
“Obviously I know Joe and can’t wait to see him tomorrow and say ‘Hi’ to him and I’m sure he will bring great success to this football club.”
Chelsea defender Magdalena Eriksson confirmed her manager’s comments, saying: “The last time we played Juventus was three or four years ago, so you don’t play them very often, which makes it even more special.
“It’s exciting to see where you stand compared to other top teams from other top leagues so I’m excited about that.”