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Women’s Champions League: Chelsea boss Emma Hayes says inspiring next generation is as important as trophy

Speaking to CNN Sport’s Amanda Davies forward of the ultimate in opposition to Barcelona on Sunday, the 44-year-old says she feels relaxed and is decided to benefit from the expertise.

Her group, filled with world class stars such as Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr, has been in sensational kind and will change into the primary English girls’s group to win a European trophy since Arsenal in 2007.

“It can be an unbelievable achievement to do this,” Hayes informed CNN Sport.

“But what I might be most pleased with, past the successful, is that girls’s soccer is going to dominate the again sheets, the entrance pages, the information broadcasting that night.

“Scores of little women are going to run into faculty the next day and say, ‘Did you see Fran Kirby final night time?’ That for me is as important as successful the sport.”

Hayes has turned Chelsea right into a successful machine this season and the membership is bidding for an astonishing quadruple.

It has already clinched the WSL title and League Cup this yr, with simply the Champions League and FA Cup left to win.

The final girls’s group to win the quadruple was Arsenal again in 2007, the place Hayes was working as an assistant to supervisor Vic Akers.

“There’s in all probability a number of similarities,” she mentioned, evaluating the 2 sides. “The distinction being is, I feel, I’ve bought extra depth.

“We each had match winners, we each had prime goalkeepers. We’ve each bought expertise as coaches. I feel the energy in depth is the one factor that in all probability stands my group aside from that group.”

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes celebrates during the UEFA Women's Champions League semifinals.

Addicted to successful

Chelsea’s present kind noticed Hayes change into the topic of hypothesis over a doable transfer to Wimbledon’s males’s group, which performs within the third tier of English soccer.

However, on the time, she insisted the job would have been an enormous step down from her present place and says she’s proud to have guided her membership to the very prime of the sport.

“It’s been my life for 9 years. I’ve poured each a part of my being into placing the group into this place, and I understand how arduous everyone round me has labored,” added Hayes, who has drawn comparisons to Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson.

“So my private pleasure is actually about all of the folks round me. Those which were there from the start.

“Those gamers that performed for me previously which were a part of that journey, the current gamers, all of these issues.

“What makes me wish to come to work day by day is that I’m representing the badge, and I’m representing all of the folks concerned with that.

“I’ll sit up for Sunday and I’ll get pleasure from each minute of it.”

Chelsea proprietor Roman Abramovich has continued to put money into the membership’s girls’s group and Hayes says such help has been a giant motive for the success.

She mentioned he rang her to say how proud he was of the group after it clinched the league title final Sunday.

“You have an proprietor who is very invested in doing it correctly and I’ve all the time needed to do it step-by-step,” she added.

“I by no means needed to make it develop too shortly. I feel these issues, mixed with bringing the proper characters in, having the proper setbacks, then you definitely begin successful.

“You wish to win extra while you win. That’s the factor about successful, it turns into addictive.”

Hayes celebrates with the WSL trophy on Sunday, May 9, 2021.

Special current for son

This season is additionally the primary time a membership may have each its groups in Champions League finals, with Thomas Tuchel’s aspect dealing with Manchester City within the males’s competitors on May 29.

Hayes credit a wholesome camaraderie all through the membership for serving to foster an elite mentality.

“We all perceive the tradition on the membership and that successful mentality, that mindset that I feel that runs via our academy, girls’s group and males’s group,” she mentioned.

“I’ve all the time mentioned it is a household run membership and really a lot from the highest to the underside, everyone is so invested in doing the proper issues.”

Any potential celebrations have been Chelsea to win the Champions League on Sunday must be brief lived for the supervisor, as she has one other celebration to attend.

Her son, Harry, is celebrating his birthday on Monday and Hayes has a particular current lined up.

“Who is aware of, perhaps I’ll wrap the Champions League medal contained in the Thomas [the Tank Engine] prepare,” she laughed.

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