Chelsea’s Emma Hayes: ‘Lyon are the most useful but football isn’t that simple’
“It was like we had arrived climbing against gravity in this particular game so i was just: ‘Put the flames out. Put the fire out. Squeeze fire out’,” says the Chelsea manager, Emma Hayes. “I have to the end of the game and thought: ‘I put the fire out.'”
She is referring to Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at Paris Saint-Germain. After having a 2-0 home win Chelsea conceded twice in Paris however they scored inside the added a chance to secure their passage to Sunday’s semi-final against Lyon, whose triumph in last season’s competition was their fifth.
“Anything can happen, but you must continue in it. It could possibly happen to be all to easy to capitulate when Ann?Katrin Berger dropped that ball in against Paris.
“Hostile atmosphere, you’ve given a target away straight after half-time, the 2nd goal the goalkeeper’s dropped the ball within their net, or even so it went in.”
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They were heading for extra time until Maren Mjelde struck. “You ask her and she’ll inform you of,” says Hayes, grinning. “I asked her: ‘Where did you have that from?’ She said: ‘I just knew I couldn’t do time beyond regulation.'”
Hayes’s firefighting efforts only strengthened her mid-game mantra of no regrets. “I’m ready to change things. I’m not stubborn about tactics. Formations are numbers, it is all about space and who will be hurting us where. That’s how I view the game.
“Paris became a performance I was prepared for because For a nice and in the situation enough times to search: ‘I’m not likely to why don’t we lose the experience. We can’t maintain ball. We’re horrendous in possession. I will not do one thing that on the other hand can simply slow them down somehow.'”
That is what Hayes must do against Lyon. Chelsea are “not delusional” with regards to the task when in front of them. She leaps to her feet and gives an animated 15-minute Bielsa-esque rundown of how you try to handle the threat from back to front. It’s a look in the mind of an self-confessed “maniac”: every proposition is viewed, every movement agonised over. She actually is living this game every minute of each one day.
“They’ve got full-backs which will hug the touchline. You might have two centre-halves that can take risks. You have Kumagai, Henry and Fishlock, Marozsan that can utilize the toes of your back four, after which two strikers.”
Those two strikers being the Ballon d’Or winner, Ada Hegerberg, plus the French forward Eug