Chelsea: Didier Drogba praises Emma Hayes after Women's FA Cup win

Didier Drogba and Emma Hayes

Didier Drogba has praised manager Emma Hayes after she led Chelsea Women to victory in the FA Cup Final.

Chelsea battled against Manchester City in front of a record 49,094 crowd at Wembley.

City came from behind to force extra-time, with stunning goals from Sam Kerr, Lauren Hemp, Erin Cuthbert and Hayley Raso making for an entertaining 90 minutes of football.

Kerr then scored the winning goal in the 99th minute, securing a domestic double for Chelsea after The Blues earned their third successive Women’s Super League title last week.

Hayes has now won four FA Cups with Chelsea, along with five WSL titles, two League Cups and the 2017 WSL Spring Series. Her achievements have garnered praise from a legend of the game.

Drogba, who hit the back of the net 104 times in 254 appearances for Chelsea, posted on Twitter applauding Hayes.

“Thank you Emma, you mean everything to us,” he wrote. “Congratulations.”

It is not the first time Drogba has promoted Chelsea Women on Twitter. Just last week, he claimed Kerr’s volleyed goal against Manchester United was better than his remarkable effort against Everton in 2006.

The 44-year-old was joined by Mason Mount and Reece James in offering his congratulations to Chelsea Women.

The two players were part of the Chelsea side which lost to Liverpool in the men’s FA Cup Final, but both still found the time to commend their female counterparts.

Mount shared a photo on Instagram of Chelsea Women celebrating, alongside the caption: “Congrats @chelseafcw”

Mason Mount Instagram post

James attended the match to support his sister Lauren James, who was an unused substitute for Chelsea. He posted on Instagram with the caption: “Congratulations my g”.

Hayes was also full of praise for her own players, who she claimed would “go down in history”.

“I’ll look back in ten years’ time and I’ll say ‘that group was immense, the best team I’ve ever coached,” she said.

“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 human endeavour.

“We have a group of people that don’t like to be on a losing team and they’ll find a way [to win].”

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