Hayes plays down Champions League hopes

Hayes plays down Champions League hopes

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Chelsea Ladies boss Emma Hayes has played down talk of her side going on to win the Champions League. 

The Blues cruised to a 4-0 aggregate win over Scottish champions Glasgow City in the round of 32 earlier this week, and are now the only British side left in the competition.

Hayes’ side also secured a domestic double this year, winning their first ever FA Cup and WSL1 title.

However, the 38-year old, who was the only female manager in the WSL1 last season, has said that there is little room for complacency with the club having already achieved their competition aims:

“Our goal was the last 16,” Hayes told BBC Scotland. “We have achieved that goal. (Now) it all depends on the draw.

“If we draw one of the top two or three teams in Europe, that’s very challenging, in our first season.”

“Going forward we’re deadly, but defensively, we are the best team in England,” Hayes added.

“Coming away without conceding was as important as winning the game.

“I think Glasgow probably realised why we’re champions of England, after that performance.”

Chelsea will find out their opponents for the round of 16 on Monday, with former winners Wolfsburg and Lyon potential opponents.