Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has paid tribute to Norwegian international midfielder Guro Reiten for her commitment shown to the club during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 26-year-old was on the scoresheet for The Blues as they defeated Bristol City 6-0 in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup final at Vicarage Road this afternoon.
Speaking in the post-match press conference, Blues boss Hayes highlighted the commitments which Reiten has made to the club during the COVID-19 pandemic with the player having not seen her family for nine months.
“The sacrifices that players like Guro have made to stay in this country, she has not seen her family since last June. That’s really tough” Hayes told FAWSL Full-Time.
“I think I would say to her ‘I hope that the sacrifice is worth it, I hope for days like today where you made a sacrifice to put the team first’.
“She couldn’t go home prior to Christmas because of quarantining and that really affected her. It is a real credit to her character and her personality that she’s starring in a final as an unsung hero but to be honest with you that’s who she is and that’s who she wants to be.”
It has been a tough season for the midfielder who has had to overcome injury to win a place in the side. Despite the player’s impressive showing against Bristol City, her manager believes that there is much more to come.
Hayes said “Guro is a top player. She is a quality player that this side of Christmas has been able to get a bit more momentum.
“She had an issue with her back in the first half of the season and she was in and out of training.
“She needed a run this side of Christmas on the training pitch to get herself to the level of her form from last year.
“I still think there is another level in Guro.”
Reiten will be hoping to start back-to-back matches for Chelsea by being selected in manager Hayes’ XI to take on Everton at Walton Hall Park on Wednesday evening.