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Chelsea clinch BT sports gong after beating Arsenal with Lauren James honoured ahead of Juventus clash


CHELSEA have been named BT Sports Team of the Year after their FA Cup trouncing of Arsenal.

Blues starlet Lauren James claimed the channel’s Rising Star prize with her side now eyeing a second win against Juventus in the Champions League.

Chelsea will play Juventus after their FA Cup and BT Sports award wins

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Chelsea will play Juventus after their FA Cup and BT Sports award winsCredit: Rex

James, 20, was among the female stars being celebrated at a ceremony in London that saw tennis ace Emma Raducanu named BT Sports Action Woman of the Year.

The British number on, who is 19, stunned the tennis world by winning the US Open without dropping a single set in September.

And Kingsmeadow starlet James, who is the sister of Chelsea full-back Reece, made history after becoming the first woman to score at Old Trafford for former club Manchester United

The starlet netted for the Red Devils during their 2-0 defeat of West Ham in March.

The award wins for James and Chelsea comes a day after the WSL champs claimed their third FA Cup trophy.

They did so by dispatching Arsenal 3-1 in a dominant display at Wembley watched by a TV audience of 1.3miillion viewers.

Fran Kirby netted the opener with Sam Kerr bagging a brace just 24 hours after arriving back in England from international duty in Australia.

And the match saw the Blues exact revenge on their title rivals who beat them in 3-2 on the opening weekend of the WSL season.

A Champions League clash on home turf with Juventus, managed by ex-Gunners chief Joe Montemurro, is up next for Emma Hayes’s side.

The last game between the rivals ended in a 2-1 away win for the WSL queens.

However, the Blues will likely be wary of the threat by Montemurro’s club who are second in Group A and just three points behind Chelsea who are top.

The Italian outfit are in pole position in Serie A having won all ten games played so far this term.

And they stunned two-time Champions League winners Wolfsburg by beating them 2-0 in Germany in November.

Joe Montemurro will be looking to stun Chelsea following Juventus's shock win against Wolfsburg

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Joe Montemurro will be looking to stun Chelsea following Juventus’s shock win against WolfsburgCredit: Getty

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