Emma Hayes says she likes “placing strain on others” after Chelsea closed the hole on WSL leaders Manchester United to a degree on Wednesday evening.
Champions Chelsea thrashed Leicester 6-0 in a ruthless exhibiting at Kingsmeadow to scale back the deficit between themselves and Man Utd forward of Sunday’s sold-out FA Cup ultimate at Wembley between the 2 title rivals.
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Chelsea have a recreation in hand on United which implies the title is of their palms, however Hayes is having fun with the brand new dynamic of this season’s run-in.
“I like this place, I like placing strain on others. I do not thoughts being there (prime) however that is enjoyable for me,” Hayes stated.
“We have at all times been chasing this complete yr, at all times been a recreation or two behind. It’s good to lastly shut the hole and now it is about placing Man United underneath strain as a result of we’re not within the driving seat, we’re nonetheless in second.
“We have needed to discover methods to win with out being scintillating, however I believe our confidence is basically excessive proper now. We’re in the perfect place we have most likely been in all season.
“I do know what I need to do for Sunday. I do know precisely how we need to play, I’m proud of the entire crew, the crew are enjoying effectively.”
Hayes was happy with Chelsea’s effectivity in Wednesday evening’s mauling of Leicester because it introduced the Blues stage with United on purpose distinction (+42), an element which might play a significant function within the title race.
“I instructed the crew that [being clinical] is one thing that is been missing from our play within the first a part of the season. We simply have not transformed or created in the identical manner I do know this crew to do, however we’re doing it now and we’re doing it on the proper time of the season. Hopefully that continues for the rest.”
On going stage on purpose distinction with Man Utd, Hayes added: “I’ll let the analysts and the boffins fear about that and whether or not that may make a distinction. We will not know till the top.
“I like this stage of the season and I believe we’re in a terrific rhythm. We definitely go into the cup ultimate on Sunday stuffed with confidence.”
‘We made sensible selections’ – Eidevall on choice points
Arsenal boosted their hopes of Champions League qualification by climbing to 3rd after Stina Blackstenius’ early brace helped them safe a 4-0 success over Brighton.
Manager Jonas Eidevall, reluctant to make excuses, was happy his facet’s relentless first-half show regardless of having to cope with but extra choice woe as Lia Walti went down with sickness within the heat up and substitute Gio Queiroz was compelled off with a hamstring drawback.
“We needed to take sensible selections,” he stated, referring to the Gunners’ restricted choices, with 5 youngsters named of their matchday squad. “The first half was a robust efficiency.
“We stored maintain of the ball so effectively and gave ourselves a margin going into the second half.
“It’s difficult however that is what we’re right here for. We need to ship the very best end result. I’m not one for excuses, we now have to search out options.
“It’s no coincidence we’re bettering in our attacking output now [former striker] Kelly Smith is part of our teaching employees, she has made the distinction with small particulars.”