Hayes: “We don’t have to chase the game”

Hayes: “We don’t have to chase the game”

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Chelsea Ladies boss Emma Hayes has urged her team to start where they left off as Chelsea Ladies take on Glasgow in the second leg of their Champions League round of 32 tie. 

A sole strike from Fran Kirby was enough to give the WSL1 champions victory in the first leg, meaning the Blues will have the upper hand going into the second leg tie, which kicks off at 19:30pm GMT tonight.

And Hayes, who was the only female manager in the WSL1 last season, has urged her side to remain focused as her side look to progress:

“We’re winning – that’s the message to the team,” she said to the Chelsea website. “Glasgow have to come out at some point in the game and it’s about being patient and capitalising on your opportunities.

“We don’t have to chase the game, we have to try to not to concede. If we’re going to progress to the latter stages of the competition it’s about keeping clean sheets.

“We’ve built those foundations all season and it won’t change in Europe. You’ve got to accept that the game may involve both teams playing deeper, slower and with a lot more patience. Beyond that, we’ve got all the fire power possible to win the game in transition.”

Hayes and her side arrived in the Scottish capital on Tuesday, before taking part in an opening training session ahead of the match against the Scottish champions, which is taking place at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie.

However, the 38-year old has said that Glasgow mustn’t be underestimated despite the extensive preparation Chelsea have put in for the match:

“We’re in a different place to last week,” she insisted. “We had to manage the high of winning the Double on the Sunday and then having very little recovery; emotionally, that took a lot out of the players.

“This time we’ve had almost a full week to prepare for the game. We’re rested. You’ll see a different type of performance from Chelsea.

“But we don’t underestimate Glasgow – they proved in the first leg that they’re good enough to be here. If we give away silly set-pieces then that’s where their key strengths are, so for us it’s about staying disciplined, organised and looking for good opportunities on the counter.”