Chelsea Ladies had to put in a focused performance to defeat Bayern Munich in the Women’s Champions League group stage.
An early goal from Drew Spence was enough for Chelsea to get the three points, but it wasn’t by any means an easy victory.
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes was happy with the performance from the ladies.
“It was a difficult evening, but the girls worked their socks off,” the manager told the official Chelsea website. “We were absolutely the underdogs, you could see the quality Bayern Munich had out there and they created a few chances.
“We rode our luck, but we suckered them a couple of times on the counter, including for the first goal, and we’re showing that resilience we’ve been developing over time. We wouldn’t have produced that performance last year. We’ve recruited more physical players and versatile footballers – they showed all of that in this game.
“We had quality on the bench, so we were able to call on players who were able to sustain the levels of the starting line-up even though we were without the ball for a lot of the time.”
She then added: “Drew put a shift in. She showed her physicality, her versatility, her creativity but, most importantly, her execution when it really mattered. I’m pleased for her as I am the rest of the team.
“It was a marvellous team performance, but Viggy kept us in the game when we needed her, and that’s why she’s the best goalkeeper in the world. She pulled off two world-class saves.
“We also had a bit of luck, but we deserve it in this competition. Let’s not get too carried away, though – it’s only half-time in the tie.
“We kept the clean sheet, we’ve nicked a goal and now it gets even harder. But after such a poor showing against Bayern in pre-season, we’ve showed that we can be resilient when we need to.”