Chelsea boss Emma Hayes believes that Man City underestimated them in the FA Cup final. She also believes that the current side will go down in history after collecting another trophy. Chelsea took the lead twice in the final before City equalized on both occasions to force extra time. Sam Kerr scored the winner to help them to their second trophy in a week.
“I’m so happy, I really am. That was so amazing for the women’s game today. Two teams who respected each other going toe-to-toe,” Chelsea boss Emma Hayes said after beating Man City in the final. “I loved the game plan, I thought it was really aggressive, but we had to grind and work. We stopped Man City’s momentum in the way we press, but it meant we had to suffer and there was a lot of cramping and groin strains. To dig it out doesn’t surprise me, I said that to them at extra time. I knew which team was going to be the winning team.”
“I think Man City are a top team, but they underestimated us today. Our team, from the loss in the Continental Cup final, had a point to prove and I thought we did really well with that. Those women will go down in history. I’ll look back in 10 years’ time and I’ll say ‘that group was immense, the best team I’ve ever coached,” she added. “I totally understand the want to talk about perfection in football but having been on the winning side more often than not, let me tell you it’s about the human endeavor. We have a group of people that don’t like to be on a losing team and they’ll find a way [to win]. I’ve been involved with lots of football matches, nothing was as enjoyable as that today.”