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Emma Hayes revels in Chelsea’s Women’s Champions League semi-final run

Chelsea headed into Wednesday’s quarter-final second leg in Budapest having won the ‘home’ leg 2-1 at the same venue last week – and Hayes’ side delivered once again.

Hayes had previously seen her side knocked out of the competition by Wolfsburg – two-time winners and runners-up for a third time last term – across three successive seasons from 2015-16.

Following this result – which Hayes described as her “favourite win” at Chelsea – the manager also spoke of a “really proud day for English football.”

The 44-year-old, who took the reins at Chelsea in 2012, said: “I think it probably ranks as my favourite win in charge, because I posed the challenge to the group around the maturity, the learnings, the progression.

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“So that’s how you show your manager how we are growing up in Europe.

“I’ve faced that opponent so many times and felt humiliated and lost, and I always thought they were the benchmark for women’s football alongside Lyon.

“So it is a really, really proud day for English football – I think it’s important we acknowledge our league.

“As a club, the people who have been here with me from the start, this is a great moment for them. I thought we were amazing today.”


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