Emma Hayes says she likes “placing stress on others” after Chelsea closed the hole on WSL leaders Manchester United to some extent on Wednesday night time.
Champions Chelsea thrashed Leicester 6-0 in a ruthless exhibiting at Kingsmeadow to cut back the deficit between themselves and Man Utd forward of Sunday’s sold-out FA Cup remaining at Wembley between the 2 title rivals.
Chelsea have a recreation in hand on United which implies the title is of their fingers, however Hayes is having fun with the brand new dynamic of this season’s run-in.
“I like this place, I like placing stress on others. I do not thoughts being there (prime) however that is enjoyable for me,” Hayes mentioned.
“We now have at all times been chasing this entire 12 months, at all times been a recreation or two behind. It is good to lastly shut the hole and now it is about placing Man United beneath stress as a result of we’re not within the driving seat, we’re nonetheless in second.
“We now have needed to discover methods to win with out being scintillating, however I feel our confidence is actually excessive proper now. We’re in the most effective place we have in all probability been in all season.
“I do know what I need to do for Sunday. I do know precisely how we need to play, I am proud of the entire crew, the crew are enjoying effectively.”
Hayes was happy with Chelsea’s effectivity in Wednesday night time’s mauling of Leicester because it introduced the Blues degree with United on purpose distinction (+42), an element which might play an important 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 method 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 degree on purpose distinction with Man Utd, Hayes added: “I will let the analysts and the boffins fear about that and whether or not that can make a distinction. We cannot know till the tip.
“I like this stage of the season and I feel we’re in an ideal rhythm. We definitely go into the cup remaining on Sunday filled 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.
Supervisor Jonas Eidevall, reluctant to make excuses, was happy his facet’s relentless first-half show regardless of having to deal 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 downside.
“We needed to take sensible selections,” he mentioned, referring to the Gunners’ restricted choices, with 5 youngsters named of their matchday squad. “The primary half was a powerful efficiency.
“We saved maintain of the ball so effectively and gave ourselves a margin going into the second half.
“It is difficult however that is what we’re right here for. We now have to ship the absolute best end result. I am not one for excuses, we’ve got to seek out options.
“It is no coincidence we’re enhancing in our attacking output now [former striker] Kelly Smith is part of our teaching employees, she has made the distinction with small particulars.”