Hayes and Chelsea ready to face a Reading side ‘fighting for their lives’ in a pivotal WSL title and survival clash


EMMA HAYES insists Chelsea’s focus is on what they will management in their bid to be topped WSL champions for a fourth successive season. 

The Blues supervisor is making ready her staff to face a Reading side ‘fighting for their lives’ with the Royals aiming to keep away from relegation.

Saturday’s match is considered one of six end-of-season clashes, all kicking off at 2:30 pm.

The results of this encounter and Manchester United’s duel with Liverpool will resolve whether or not the Blues retain the title, or if the Red Devils win it for the primary time in their historical past. 

Hayes stated: “We respect that we’re dealing with a staff preventing for their lives for a supervisor I do know very nicely. 

“For us, we’ve to care for all the suitable issues. 

“When I believe again to each marketing campaign (the place we’ve received the title), we’ve solely ever received the league by a couple of factors at the very best.

“This is simply enterprise as standard for us”.

A Chelsea away victory would see them declare a third successive league and FA Cup double.  

And three factors for Kelly Chambers’ Royals would see them leap out of the drop zone if rivals Leicester fail to beat Brighton. 

Last season Chelsea misplaced 1-0 on the street to Reading with Canada ahead Deanne Rose netting the successful objective.

However Hayes says that defeat won’t enter her gamers’ minds in their duel with the Royals. 

The Blues chief added: “We don’t take into consideration that. We’re in a place to management the result.

“Everybody behind the scenes (employees and gamers) have labored so onerous to get to this level.

“The focus, the focus and consistency is all I’ve been in with all of them week, to guarantee that we’re in a place to carry out. 

“Everybody is aware of their roles and duties and we’re in the very best mindset. 

Should Chelsea lose and Man United beat the Reds away, Marc Skinner’s side will turn out to be WSL champions for the primary time in their historical past. 

On whether or not she’s going to control United’s rating, Hayes stated: “I’d ask at halftime however for probably the most half I’ll concentrate on simply what we have been in management of.

“If I would like to ask in the second half then I’ll do however I don’t give it some thought.

“I just think about getting off to the right start.”

A Reading loss would see them drop out of the top-flight eight years on from successful promotion to the WSL.” 

Royals head coach Chambers stated: “As powerful because the problem forward is for us, it’s a recreation of soccer. 

“We are the place we’re and for completely different causes, and sincere conversations have occurred.

“As a lot as it’s a onerous place to be in proper now, the gamers have actually attacked the week in a optimistic mindset to attempt to do every thing they will for the weekend.

“We are still in the fight. We have to leave everything out there.”

Between 2018 and 2022 the Royals have been a strong mid-table side with the staff ending fifth three years in the past.

This time period the membership have struggled with accidents together with ahead Rose sidelined with an Achilles subject final September.

The Canada ace made her return with a sixtieth minute substitute look throughout Reading’s 4-1 loss to Tottenham final day trip. 

Chambers added: “Deanne offers us a fully completely different dimension to the squad that we haven’t had all season. 

“What we noticed (from her) in opposition to Tottenham is what we’ve missed this season.


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