Arsenal Ladies host FC Bobruichanka in the second leg of their Champions League Round of 32 tie in Borehamwood this afternoon.
Laura Harvey's side lead 4-0 after a thumping first-leg victory in Belarus, and Arsenal.com caught up with Ladies' striker Ellen White for her thoughts on the competition ahead.
The Champions League has now started and the Ladies got off to a flier. How was the whole Belarus experience?
I didn't realise it was quite as far away as it was! I think we are all quite tired from a 12-hour journey getting there but it was great to play in another Champions League game.
We probably should have scored a few more goals as we had a lot of chances but we got off to a good start with four goals and hopefully that will continue on Wednesday.
How much have you and the squad been looking forward to it?
To play in the Champions League is another step, another level really. It is completely different from the league and it is definitely another trophy we want to win this year. We have got the treble and we want the Champions League this year, which would be amazing.
You haven't got too much Champions League experience having made your debut in the competition last season - how much of a step up do you think it will be?
The last Champions League was a whole new experience for me - going away from home with your club and playing different opposition from all around Europe is definitely a massive experience. It is completely different playing with the best teams in Europe, a massive step but hopefully it is a challenge that we will rise to.
Is there a real optimism that the Ladies can go far this time around?
Yes, definitely. We're taking each game as it comes but I think from the experiences we got from the Semi-Finals last season we are definitely going to move on from that. Obviously our away form wasn't the best but hopefully we put a bit of a stamp on that in Belarus and it will continue.
Last time around it was the Semi-Finals - what is the gap like now between yourselves and the likes of Lyon?
They're a fantastic side and I think the fact that they train every day and are a professional side is a massive stride for them. I think we are definitely up there but they were worthy winners when we played them. We have really gelled this year as a team though and hopefully we can go quite far in this competition.
Laura Harvey said this team will only improve - do you agree?
I hope so! We got the treble and we want to strive to keep going. Myself and a few of the other players came into this side knowing that Arsenal had a winning mentality which is engraved into everyone.
We got the treble but this year I don't think anybody thought we were going to win anything. We were second for most of the season with Birmingham. There is still a lot of improvement left for us and hopefully we can do that.
You won the Continental Cup against Birmingham - was it sweeter beating them given the battle over the course of the season?
Yes, definitely! The fact that we won the league when they were top for pretty much most of the season was sweet but we hadn't beaten them in the league so win win 4-1 was quite emphatic. We played really well and Rachel Yankey scored one hell of a goal really.
You didn't have it your own way all year - was there ever a time you thought that maybe it wasn't going to happen?
I don't think we ever thought it might not happen, we just kept plugging away at our own results really. People around us were more worried what Birmingham were doing but we were only worried about ourselves and hoping that maybe Birmingham and the other teams made some mistakes. That happened for us and we got the results we needed.
How have you personally found the step up coming from Leeds at the start of last season?
It's obviously massive. We've got some fantastic players, some internationals from around the whole of the United Kingdom and we are challenging which was not what I was used to with Leeds. It is a big step up but hopefully I have been rising to the occasion and can continue to do that to help us win more trophies.
There may have been a little bit more pressure joining Arsenal but I enjoy it.
It’s FREE entry for all spectators at Meadow Park on Wednesday. Kick-off is 4pm so get along to Borehamwood and cheer on the treble winners.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 5 Oct 2011