Emma Hayes Manchester City Women v Chelsea Women - SSE Women's FA Cup Semi Final football match, Academy Stadium, Manchester, UK - 14 Apr 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

‘There’s a contest between her and Sophie’ – Chelsea boss Hayes comments on Leupolz stunner

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes says that Melanie Leupolz’s long range rocket against London City Lionesses will go close to rivalling teammate Sophie Ingle’s collection of stunning goals for The Blues.

The 27-year-old German international midfielder rifled in a wonderful third goal for Chelsea in a 5-0 rout of London City Lionesses in tonight’s Vitality Women’s FA Cup fourth round tie at Kingsmeadow.

Speaking to FAWSL Full-Time in the post-match press conference, Hayes joked that there is a Goal of the Season competition brewing between Leupolz and Ingle and tonight’s superb strike may mean that the German midfielder now holds the advantage.

“I think there is a contest between her and Sophie to try and outscore each other,” Hayes joked. “Now I think the gauntlet has been laid down by Melanie to Sophie because between them they have scored some outstanding goals this season.”

It was a thoroughly professional display by Chelsea who lined up very differently to the side which defeated Birmingham City in their last match before the international break. Hayes went on to highlight some of the positives from the performance.

“I thought we were really fresh,” she said. “I thought we hunted the ball well out of possession, I thought that we showed courage to get on the ball but there were a lot of selfless movements to create space.

“The girls executed exactly what we asked of them and I really enjoyed it.”

Defender Magda Eriksson came off injured towards the end of the game after picking up a knock. Hayes had not had chance to catch up with the player prior to speaking with the media but early indications are that the injury may not be anything serious.

“I haven’t seen her but I know that she just landed a bit awkwardly,” Hayes said. “She wanted to come off the pitch as a precaution but I’m sure she will be fine.

Chelsea’s attentions now turn to Wednesday and a potential Barclays FA Women’s Super League title decider against Manchester City at The Academy Stadium.

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