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.

AFP via Getty Images

“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.”

Source link

Related Articles

Back to top button