Chelsea manager happy to prove doubters wrong

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It was a beautiful win for Chelsea over the weekend, as the Chelsea women defeated Reading 5-0 on the final day of the Women’s Super League season to claim their fourth title, the most a club has ever won in the competition.

Last year’s success came on a points-per-game basis when the campaign was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, and the Blues were a point behind leaders Manchester City with a game in hand.

Not many saw the women’s success last season as a real triumph, but the Blues manager Emma Hayes is happy to have silenced her critics.

Hayes said: “Last season we weren’t the champions in some people’s eyes. But this season the players really wanted to demonstrate we’re the champions.

“There were four teams who could have been in with a shout and it’s gone to the last day which just demonstrates how hard it is.”

The final game was a game of nerves, as the Chelsea women needed a win to deny Manchester City any chance of passing them in the table.

Speaking after the 5-0 victory over Reading, the Blues manager was pleased with how things panned out.

“Knowing you’re coming into the last game and it’s in your hands is the only place you want to be,” Hayes said.

“The whole season we’ve only lost one game. We’re never too good to lose and it keeps you on the edge. My team show so many sides again and again – and today another brilliant result.

“I’m so gutted for [the fans]. This team is amazing and they haven’t had the chance to experience them in the stadium.”

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