"All credit to the girls for what they’ve done to get us in this position and as for us - we can kind of just come in and enjoy the ride," Foord told the Telegraph.

But Catley admitted it was a tough test to come in to the competition at this stage against such a world-class opponent.

"It’s a strange situation to be in, usually when you’re going into a Champions League game you’ve already played 20 games and been training for months," she said.

"The first game after lockdown, to be a Champions League game against PSGit’s pretty daunting to think about. But the preparation's been good, everyone’s looking really fresh and just having fun. It will be so exciting to get back out there and play football again."

"We’ve all got to a point in our careers where it’s got too much to keep going all year round," Foord said. "The European league has always been above everyone else, and that’s something that’s been attractive for all of us. But it’s been making the move when it’s felt right, and I think that’s come for all of us at the same time."

Foord believes that the Matildas English invasion will lead the Matildas to break their own tournament hoodoos.

"That’s been our biggest letdown," she said. "In major tournaments we get to the important bit and we’re all done, burnt out - it catches up to us. Being in this league, it’s exciting for us as a national team moving forwards."