Chelsea manager Emma Hayes says that her side’s 2020/2021 Barclays FA Women’s Super League title success is her favourite.
The South West Londoners defeated Reading 5-0 at Kingsmeadow on the final day of the season to beat Manchester City to the title.
Melanie Leupolz netted the fastest goal of the season as she eliminated any final day nerves in the Blues side. The telepathic duo of Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby then went on to connect three times to put even the slightest chance of an upset well out of reach. Erin Cuthbert poked home a fifth Chelsea goal as The Blues clinched the Barclays FA Women’s Super League title with ease.
Speaking in the post-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present, Blues boss Hayes admitted that she is thrilled with her side’s fantastic season.
“I haven’t been able to talk about the Champions League title, knowing you’re coming into the last game with it in your hands, it’s the only place you want to be,” Hayes said. “I wouldn’t want to be in another team’s dressing room hoping someone slips up.
“In the whole season, we’ve lost one game. I’m glad we lost that game, you’re never too good to lose and I just think it keeps you on the edge of performing all of the time.
“My team showed so many sides again and again. It was another brilliant result and great strength-in-depth, no doubt my favourite title today.”
Hayes continued to discuss the success of her side, highlighting how hard Chelsea were made to work for their title. She admitted that the competition this year was at it’s best.
She said “Can you imagine playing for the same voice? Nine years they’ve played for me some of them, they have to listen to me everyday.
“Some of them could kill me but what I am certain of is my job has always been to put them into the position where they can compete for these things.
“Winning. You don’t tire of it, there’s not enough of it and for all my players I’m not sorry for what I’ve put you through this season, I am happy to put this in your cabinet.
“I’m just grateful to be given the opportunity to lead them to be honest.”
Throughout this season, Hayes has spoken of the importance of family, in terms of both her own family and the players who she sees as an extended family. A major part of Chelsea family is the fans and Hayes was disappointed that she wasn’t able to share the team’s glory with them.
“I’m so gutted for them, this team is amazing and they haven’t had the chance to experience anything with them in the stadium, so this for sure is about them,” she said.
Hayes went on to say that she was looking forward to celebrating her latest title success at home before travelling to Gothenburg on Friday for Sunday’s UEFA Women’s Champions League final against Barcelona.
She said “I woke up this morning feeling so glad that I’d seen my little boy because of what I had to do here.
“The last words he said to me were ‘Mummy, bring a medal home’.
“I’ll have something to eat with the team next and I’ll go home and spend valuable time with my child because he’s not going to see much of Mummy this week, quality time is what matters.”
With that UEFA Women’s Champions League final now approaching, Hayes said that winning the title has set things up nicely.
She added “Imagine going into a Champions League final when you’ve just lost the title, now that’s an emotional toll. This is not an emotional toll, this is a moment to enjoy.”
The UEFA Women’s Champions League final between Chelsea and Barcelona kicks-off at 8pm on Wednesday.