Women Champions League: Chelsea manager hails players displays as Blues cruise


Chelsea manager Emma Hayes said her players produced their finest display of the campaign by cruising to top spot in Women’s Champions League Group A.

Sam Kerr’s scintillating 20-yard drive and a double by the outstanding Lauren James ensured the Blues beat PSG before 10,129 fans at Stamford Bridge.

I thoroughly enjoyed the performance – it was my favourite of the season,” said Hayes, calling her team “superb”.

“I’m so thrilled with the entire squad. The levels of commitment remain high.”

Hayes added: “Most importantly, they’re learning and understanding our way of playing.”

Chelsea ended the calendar year unbeaten in 18 home games and will discover their quarter-final opponents when the draw is made on 10 February.

The visitors, who had also already qualified, started brightly as they chased the two-goal win they needed to finish top and provide an upset for the second-highest home attendance at an English club ever recorded in the Women’s Champions League.

Kadidiatou Diani’s spectacular early effort almost put the Division 1 Feminine leaders ahead, forcing the backpedalling Zecira Musovic to tip her arrowed 40-yard drive on to the crossbar.