GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN - MAY 15: Head Coach Emma Hayes of Chelsea FC talks during the press conference ahead of the UEFA Women's Champions League Final match between Chelsea FC and Barcelona at Ullevi Stadium on May 15, 2021 in Gothenburg, Sweden. (Photo by Lukas Schulze - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images) Permission: UWCL - Commissioned

‘The best two teams in Europe are in the final’ – Chelsea boss Hayes on Champions League final

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes says that there is no doubting the fact that the two best clubs in Europe will be contesting this evening’s UEFA Women’s Champions League final.

The Blues will feature in their first-ever UEFA Women’s Champions League final as they take on Barcelona, the runners-up of the 2018/2019 final.

Speaking in the pre-match press conference yesterday, Hayes said that in her mind, Chelsea and Barcelona are currently the two best teams in Europe while she also commented that English representation in the final was long overdue.

“My opinion is that the best two teams are in the final,” Hayes said. “I am sure that it will make for a wonderful spectacle for the fans at home.

“When you work hard in a project like Chelsea, getting to this point is the part of the job that I love the most. When I talk about it being a dream, me being in this dressing room, they’re amazing women that are inspiring generations, not just girls but boys are also becoming fans of women’s football.

“The dream for me is about what I always wanted for women’s football, going into a final after so many years without an English team participating. It was about time and I am just delighted that we have got the opportunity to do that.”

Hayes has regularly commented on how her side prepare for every game with a Champions League final mentality and now that her side are in the final, she echoed her comments again.

She added “One thing again in experience is wisdom and with wisdom comes a better understanding of how to manage the biggest moments.

“I said to everybody that this is just another game for us and that is because we approach every game like the Champions League final. For me, it is no different – yes, there may be more media here, there may be more watching eyes this week but the reality is that this is a game that we love to play.

“It is a team that love to be together, to be challenged by the biggest moments, and there is no bigger opportunity than to play Barcelona in what I think will be the most-watched women’s game, at least of this year and I am just excited for it, I feel relaxed about the game because of the qualities that we have in the dressing room.”

The 2020/2021 UEFA Women’s Champions League final between Chelsea and Barcelona is scheduled to kick-off at 8pm and will be broadcast by BT Sport on a free-to-air basis on BT Sport 1, the BT Sport App and on the BT Sport YouTube channel.

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