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

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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.