Chelsea Ladies’ defeated Rosengard 3-0 in the Women’s Champions League second round tie on Wednesday night and Emma Hayes the team’s manager believes the performance was a sign of just how far the Blues have progressed in European football.
“Two years ago this result was unthinkable,” she told the official Chelsea website. “We’ve tried to emulate clubs like Rosengard in terms of them being stalwarts in European competition, and that they were calling themselves the underdogs coming into the game shows you how the sport is growing in England.
“It’s a real credit to the investment clubs are putting into what we’re doing, but also the league as a whole as now we’re in a winter season it’s preparing us better to compete against the best teams.
“I’ve waited a long time to get to the point where European teams don’t want to draw us, but we haven’t received an easy draw in this competition, unlike our English counterpart, and I think we’ll be better prepared as a result of that.
“We’ve had a lot of setbacks, a lot of failures, and I think those experiences are putting us in the position we’re in right now.”
She also showed her belief in the team by admitting that the team can score in every game, as the Chelsea Ladies go away to Rosengard next Wednesday for the second leg of the second round tie.
She added: “I feel confident we’re going to score in every game and if we do it again away from home I think it will be really difficult for them to get back in the game.”