Chelsea Women manager Emma Hayes says she has “worked my whole life for today” after guiding her team to their first Champions League final.
The Blues had a mountain to climb after losing 2-1 to Bayern Munich Women in the first leg last week, but a sensational performance at Kingsmeadow saw them win 4-1 in the second leg and 5-3 overall.
Fran Kirby dominated and followed the performance with the first and last goal, while Pernille Harder and So-yun Ji also found the net for Chelsea.
Proud and emotional Hayes gave a passionate post-game interview, where she described her personal pride and that of her players.
Chelsea Women manager said BT Sport: “I’ve worked my whole life for today. I’m so proud of these players, they delivered, they’re tough and everyone did everything they could. In these situations, it’s so tense.
“I’m going to say this to every coach sitting at home – it’s thousands of hours, thousands of trips, thousands of setbacks, working with different teams, different times.
“I am so proud of myself. I got to this level thanks to my hard work, my determination and I have the chance to work for a football club that I love, which gave me the permission to do so. do and work with, a set of players who always kept control, even when I didn’t feel like I was! But they did it all today.
“I love winning, it doesn’t bother me and it’s a tournament I like to participate in. I think it’s important for English football that we do that. English football is one of the best in the world and qualify for the final. Europe in terms of what we do in this country and we have to face another top team in Barcelona. “
Chelsea are also set to win another domestic Women’s Super League title, having already won the Women’s League Cup title in March.
Hayes added, “Someone has described us as ‘mentality freaks’, and we’re the best. We’re in the position we deserve to be in.
“These are the people who are ultimately willing to do the unnecessary things at the right times. It’s the fact that we have been through a lot together and that we have traveled. , it has been a long time. I’m going to have a beautiful song and cry all the way home. “
Harder: WCL final victory would be the biggest of my career
Scorer Harder was also delighted to have helped Chelsea advance to their first Women’s Champions League final. She was a two-time finalist with Wolfsburg, including last season against Lyon.
She said BT Sport: “It’s amazing. That’s why we play football. It means everything. We believed from the first minute and it was an amazing job from the whole team.
“When my goal came in it was the best feeling ever. When Fran put on the last one, it was a relief. It was too stressful at the end. I left and it was horrible to be outside.
“Winning the final would be the most important thing of my career.”