A really emotional Emma Hayes stated her Chelsea workforce merely “don’t wish to lose” after they turned the third membership in 20 years to achieve the Girls’s Champions League last having misplaced the primary leg of the semi-final.
“The concern of shedding is usually higher than the desire to win. That’s fairly ironic. I drove right here at the moment and I used to be like: ‘We’re not going to lose this,’” the supervisor stated as she gripped a glass of champagne.
“I’ve performed this out within the Curnock Road property [in Camden, north London, where Hayes grew up]. I’ve entered that pitch day by day as a nine-year-old about to play within the Champions League last. Oh my God, my desires got here true at the moment.”
Hayes, whose facet will now face Barcelona after a 4-1 victory despatched them by way of 5-3 on mixture, admitted she was delighted when she noticed that Bayern Munich had switched to 4-4-2 from the 3-5-2 that was so profitable at stopping the potent Chelsea ahead line within the first leg.
“The final time we failed to attain was a cup sport in opposition to Metropolis in 2018, we all know we will rating,” she stated. “As soon as I noticed they lined up with 4 on the again I believed: ‘Pleased days. I’m going to get Fran [Kirby] into these areas and they aren’t going to see her coming.’”
Kirby would supply the opener and slip the ball into an empty internet on the shut, with Bayern’s goalkeeper upfield. “Fran has been driving me mad all yr telling me we’re going to get to this stage and she or he would ship, she delivered. I all the time thought if this was a counter sport then sport on.”
The Chelsea supervisor went spherical on the last whistle to attempt to supply phrases of consolation to the devastated Bayern gamers. Their supervisor, Jens Scheuer, didn’t assume the higher workforce received. “We’re very upset,” he stated. “Chelsea put in a greater efficiency however they weren’t the perfect workforce over the 2 matches. They had been simply extra medical at the moment. We dedicated too many particular person errors at the moment and we had been made to pay for it.”
For Hayes, this was the largest sport of her managerial profession, however now a much bigger one lies forward, in Gothenburg on Sunday 16 Could. “We’re right here to win it, let’s be clear,” she stated. “I’m glad to play Barcelona in a one-off sport, in a impartial venue. Why? As a result of Spanish groups are difficult.
“We all know how nicely they possess the ball. I understand how good they’re, I respect them, I respect their mannequin, I feel it mirrors us in quite a lot of methods besides the kind of gamers they carry and their type may be totally different. I respect them immensely however we’re going there to win it.”