Chelsea: Emma Hayes claims winning the WSL would be "biggest achievement"

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has claimed winning the Women’s Super League this season would be her team’s “biggest achievement.”

The Blues are on track to earn their third consecutive WSL title with three matches left to play.

Their path to the top of the WSL table has not been easy, however, and Arsenal are just one point behind the league leaders. 

In an interview with Sky Sports, Hayes discussed the tense run-in for the title. 

“Yes, being a thoroughbred racehorse helps,” she said. “We just have that little bit of nous to get over the line. 

“I don’t know the goal difference. I know the remaining fixtures. I’ve learned over the years, running away with something too much, or having my confidence affected, is the single worst thing to do. So I made a decision. Don’t bother looking at it. 

“Just who’s the next game? What’s my job that week? Get that job done. And then is it zero, one or three points in the bank, and just keep accumulating.”

When asked whether winning the title this season would be Chelsea Women’s “biggest achievement”, Hayes was unequivocal in her response. 

“It will be, it will be, hands down. The setbacks have been extraordinary for a squad of our size.”

Hayes does not make it clear which setbacks she is referring to, but her team have been on the back-foot for the majority of the title race after losing to Arsenal on the opening day of the season. 

The side also had to overcome a shock exit in the Champions League group stage, and a defeat to Manchester City in the Continental Cup Final. 

Chelsea were also rocked after owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK Government following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February.

The oligarch had his assets frozen due to his “close relationship” with President Vladimir Putin.

While Abramovich remains in charge of the club, they can no longer perform day-to-day transactions, including the sale of transfers and match tickets.

The women’s team are subsequently unable to offer contract extensions for current players, including Jonna Andersson, Maren Mjelde, Ji So-yun, and Drew Spence.

Since Abramovich was sanctioned, there have been three bids made to purchase Chelsea. 

These have been made by former Liverpool FC chairman Sir Martin Broughton, LA Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly, and Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca. 

A preferred bidder is expected to be selected by the Raine Group by the end of the month.

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