Emma Hayes Makes Her Vows in the WSL Title Race as the Final Day Approaches - Latest Global News

Emma Hayes Makes Her Vows in the WSL Title Race as the Final Day Approaches

Chelsea coach Emma Hayes vows her side will “give it their all” to claim a fifth consecutive Women’s Super League title after returning to the top ahead of the final day of play.

The Hayes team played their game on Wednesday evening and narrowly beat Tottenham 1-0 away and are at the top ahead of Manchester City due to the better goal difference.

Maika Hamano’s first-half goal made the difference for Chelsea against Spurs this evening. However, there will be some frustration that they haven’t been able to quite increase their goal difference, which currently sees them two goals ahead of City, as that will likely be the deciding factor.

Chelsea face the tougher test on Saturday, traveling to Old Trafford to face FA Cup winners Manchester United, while City face Aston Villa at Villa Park. However, Hayes is determined to make the most of the lifeline given to them following City’s shock defeat to Arsenal earlier this month.

“I think we have the tougher of the two games,” she told the BBC after their win over Tottenham. “We have to go to Old Trafford and this is a fitting end to my last game.”

“As I told the players, if someone gives you a second chance in life, make sure you don’t need a third. We are in the position we want to be in and we will give everything on Saturday no matter what happens.

Maika Hamano

Maika Hamano celebrates after scoring Chelsea’s only goal against Tottenham / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

Spurs posed a tough test for Chelsea that evening. After coming from behind to beat United in the FA Cup final on Sunday, Robert Vilahamn’s side collapsed in the second half and it ended up being a comfortable win for the Reds Devils.

That wasn’t the case for the Lilywhites this time, as although they were still behind after Hamano’s try before half-time, it was Spurs who were arguably most likely to score in the second half. Chelsea still threatened but failed to capitalize in seconds and it was far more closely contested than Hayes would have liked.

“We have to work hard in every game in this league. You have to earn it,” the Chelsea coach continued. “I’ve said all year that the league is getting more and more competitive. It’s a great product because the games are close.”

“Tottenham made a big effort after a cup final. Especially in the second half. I’m really happy with our performance, especially in the first half. But we might need to practice a little bit this week!”

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