Emma Hayes believes she was ‘born to win on behalf of Chelsea’ with the Blues capable of claiming a fifth WSL title against Manchester United, live on Sky Sports Soccer.
Chelsea lead Arsenal, who travel to West Ham, by one point going into Sunday’s final round knowing that a draw or even defeat would be enough to clinch a third consecutive title if the Gunners fail to win.
But Hayes stressed the pressure was off in their quest to finish the job themselves by beating Man Utd for the club’s 11th major trophy during their reign.
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“I come from a civic, the pressure was to put money on the table to pay the bills when I was a kid, that’s not pressure,” Hayes said at his press conference. pre-game.
“Look at the inflation, the rising costs for people to pay their bills. Football is far from under pressure, it’s a joy. I love my job. I enjoy the situation but more importantly, I love representing a club that I absolutely adore.
“To be in a position where we can keep winning on behalf of Chelsea is something I think I was born to do. There’s no pressure on the situation, maybe there’s just a wiser manager. and older who perhaps appreciates it a little more than before.
“We take everything in small daily chunks to build a game and I don’t think this game has any different impact on us compared to the week before or the week before because we had to win every game.
“It’s easy for us in our state of mind to know we have to do it, but you have to prepare for it. You have to train right, recover right, prepare your mindset and all that energy to expend on the day of the game. I think our team manages that very well.”
Chelsea kept the same routine this week as they prepared for the game with Hayes praising the professionalism of their players.
She said: “Nothing changes. Do you prepare differently for your press conference in Bristol next week for example? I know you prepare the same way because you are a top pro otherwise you wouldn’t be working for Sky, right?”
“It’s exactly the same for us. It takes a lot of self-regulatory work over a long period of time. The work we do internally over a long period of time is to make players understand that being a professional n It’s not a Mercedes. Benz and a toiletry bag.
“In women’s football, women’s teams have had to learn what a top professional is. We are lucky to have many in the dressing room who have had to learn whether through different leagues, defeats, situations, this feeling is shared at all levels.
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“We want to go into the final day not only in the position we are in, but also having to win a title on that day. The top competitors want that, they don’t want the easy wins, they want the tough races. We want to be in position against a team that I really like and respect the work Mark does there, he’s had an amazing year as manager, we’re where we want to be: we’re winning, we’re champions .”
Eidevall: we focus on us
Arsenal sent the WSL title race to the final day of the season after beating Tottenham 3-0 in the North London derby at the Emirates on Thursday.
They face sixth-placed West Ham knowing a point would be enough to snatch the title should Chelsea lose to United.
But head coach Jonas Eidevall, who has signed a new contract to keep him at Arsenal until the end of the 2023-24 season, is focused solely on what his team will do.
He said: “I feel the players are very focused on how we play and they have been since the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea. Our target is for us to play against West Ham and that’s the only thing we can control.
“We know there are scenarios that we might be interested in knowing the outcome, so we’ll make sure the information gets to us on the bench.”
Eidevall also admitted he would be a Man Utd fan for the day.
“I really hope Man Utd can win, I would be lying if I said anything else,” he said. “I really hope Man Utd can finish in the style their season deserves. I think they’ve been a really good team and have proven difficult for a lot of teams, hopefully they can prove that one last time. times this season.
“It’s always the problem in football that if we win against West Ham and we never know the result of the Chelsea game, how will we rate the season? Would it be a success or a failure?
WSL Final Day Matches – all matches will start at 12:00 p.m.
- Aston Villa v Birmingham
- Brighton v Everton
- Chelsea v Manchester United
- Reading against Man City
- Tottenham v Leicester
- West Ham v Arsenal
“Whatever happens in the Chelsea game, it doesn’t change the way we’ve played this year. The only thing that changes is what we do against West Ham.
“West Ham will be a tough opponent. They will push us high, give us little time on the ball and we have to be mentally ready for that.”