Chelsea v Bristol Academy
The FA WSL
7.30pm, Thursday 5 September 2013
Staines Town FC
Bristol Academy Mark Sampson says he can only dream of a squad full of internationals akin to Thursday's opponents Chelsea.
Bristol face the Blues in a good form after two wins from their last two matches, but Sampson knows how much quality their next opponents possess.
He said: "They have players we can only dream of really.
“They have players that have been capped for Sweden, Brazil and Japan - countries that are massive in the women's game.
"They've also got young England players coming through and English internationals - they are a big threat."
Chelsea have lost eight games this season, more than any other team in the WSL but Sampson knows how competitive such a fixture will be.
He added: "There are no end-of-season games in this league - you are always playing for something.
"They will not want to finish in the bottom two and will be desperate to recover their season and finish around mid-table."
The high-flying Vixens have just five games left, with fellow title chasers Arsenal to play on Sunday.
Sampson is delighted that his team are even in the mix for the title at this stage of the season, given the financial clout of other teams in the division.
He explained: "We've had a fantastic year with our resources.
"To be in the position we are in is an absolute fairytale for us but we want to keep it going and the players want to keep it going.
"We've got the bit between our teeth and we've got that mentality now.”