Chelsea Ladies advanced to the last 16 of the Women’s Champions League on away goals after a 1-0 win in London was followed by a 2-1 reverse in Munich.
Chelsea Ladies’ boss Emma Hayes has hailed the win over Bayern Munich Ladies as the biggest win in her career despite winning the FA Cup and league with Chelsea Ladies.
“We have won FA Cups, we have won the league, but as far as I’m concerned that is the biggest win in my Chelsea career,” Hayes said as quoted on Chelsea’s official website.
“We have knocked a mighty powerhouse out on their own turf. Our players deserve everything for the effort they have put in.
“The game plan went well. When we made the subs we lost a little bit of discipline but it was so hard to get instructions over from the side of the pitch and I was frustrated with that. There was a lot of tension benchside for both teams.
“It’s such a hard job. We knew we would be without the ball and the players had to shift across the pitch an awful lot. We knew if we pressed in the right situations we would get counter situations.”
It was from a counter that Fran Kirby scored what would prove to be the decisive goal.
“Fran was starting to tire, but when she went through one-v-one, I thought that there was no one else I would want in that position than Fran Kirby. She loves scoring goals, and it was a peach of a finish, and a great celebration after,” Hayes added.
“There is nobody better in England to put through one-v-one, and that was a wonderful finish.”
Hayes also hailed the efforts of her players after the important win against Bayern Munich Ladies.
“We grew up as a football club tonight. I challenged the team that talent is only something if you do it on a regular basis. If you want to fulfil your talent and your potential, you have to do it on nights like this,” Hayes said.
“There is no point talking about us being a good team full of potential. We have to deliver a performance, and we showed why we are making progress and why this is a club the players really play for. Every one of them put in such a shift for that badge.
“This is one of the toughest tests you are ever going to face. We have achieved a massive feat in European football. We have been the underdog, we have knocked out a powerhouse and I think it will give the team so much confidence going forward.”