Everton Ladies kick-off the second round of the Women’s Uefa Cup on Thursday.
The Blues take on Belgium hosts KFC Rapide Wezemaal and will face FCC Frankfurt of Germany and Iceland’s Valur Reykjavik in the group stage next week for a place in the quarter-finals.
Everton stormed the first round of the competition in Lithuania, scoring 20 goals without conceding and head into the Uefa Cup unbeaten so far this season.
Yet Mo Marley admits her side have not been fully at the races this term following last weekend’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Birmingham City.
“We’re not firing on all cylinders at the moment but this is a different challenge,” said Marley.
“We’ve had a few players in China for the World Cup. That transition from international football into Premiership football is different and difficult, so we’re coming to terms with that.
“Playing in the Uefa Cup takes away the pressures and expectations we have in this country."
It is the first time the Blues have competed on the European stage and remain somewhat of an unknown quantity.
“We’re unknown in Europe – no-one expects us to do anything,” said Mo.
“In the last couple of games we’ve played like underdogs at times, and it seems to have brought the best out of us, so maybe it’s good we’re unknown in Europe.
“If we want to play in the UEFA Cup, we’re going to be playing big teams and it’s a massive experience for us.”