According to Emma Hayes, Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby are “out of this world” following their latest double act that sealed Chelsea’s victory in the Women’s FA Cup final.
in their 3-0 victory againstArsenal
with an early goal and
found the back of the net twice in the second half as
’ side finished a domestic treble with the pandemic delaying the Wembley showpiece.
The front two were out of this world,"
I said to Fran, I think it's the best I've seen her play for Chelsea and Sam's confidence is growing,"
the Chelsea boss told the BBC.
After the match, Hayes added:
"I thought Fran ran the show. She got on the ball, was a threat and real handful throughout the game.
"Kerr wondered how she would cope in the English game. As far as I'm concerned, she's the best striker in the world.
"She's courageous and full of confidence, can do that after getting off a plane from Australia on Thursday.
"They (Kirby and Kerr) are two of many, many characters in this dressing room who are noteworthy for their performances today.
"London is blue. And when the third goal went in, I was simply purring!"
The Chelsea boss revealed that she was certain of her squad’s chances against Arsenal, who have a record of 14 FA Cup wins, notwithstanding their statement WSL victory at the start of this season.
I saw it coming,"
"I see the standards every day.
"I thought we were like a machine today from start to finish.
"Real credit must go not just to the players but also to the backroom staff. It's our treble from last year, and I really did not believe that there would be another outcome.
"The confidence, the calm nature in our dressing room was unbelievable before the game.
"I know everyone talks a lot about the opening day of the season [when Arsenal beat Chelsea in the Women's Super League]. We won today, we can't read into it anymore."
Hayes hailed her treble-winners for an “amazing achievement” but she decreased Kerr’s party hopes before the Champions League match against Juventus.
Kerr talked about her double:
"I can't wait to party! It wouldn't go in in the first half - it could have been 4-0 or 5-0 but we knew that if we kept pushing at some point they would go in."
Hayes, speaking to the BBC, quipped back: "Zero chance of celebration! The bus is leaving, they're going home, they know the deal: we need to win on Wednesday!"
However, the Chelsea manager was satisfied with her players’ display.
"I thought we got it spot-on. We've painted Wembley blue, it's a Chelsea day. Our performance was superb.
"To think we're treble-winners is an amazing achievement. I'm extremely proud of the players, the staff, the club. We've built this team over a period of time and today I think we showed why we were champions."
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