Hayes: Seeking to continue fantastic start
news Sat 28 Oct 2017
Chelsea Ladies manager Emma Hayes expects to face a very different Yeovil side at Kingsmeadow on Sunday than the one they played in the Spring Series.
Having won promotion to the top flight for the shortened season which took place earlier this year, the Glovers soon found out all about life at the highest level of English football when they were beaten 6-0 by the Blues at Wheatsheaf Park.
They went on to finish bottom, earning one point from their eight fixtures, and though they remain winless so far this season, Hayes feels they are a stronger side than the one in April.
'It's fair to say that the game we played against Yeovil last season was the most dominant Chelsea Ladies performance in my time at the club,' said the manager, who recently extended her contract at the club until 2021.
'We had so many shots – I think it must have been around 40 – and it really illustrated the wealth of creative and goalscoring options we have in the group. That is something that hasn't changed.
'What has changed, however, is the experience Yeovil have accrued in the subsequent 10 matches they have played in the WSL1.
'That's something I've talked about a lot from our point of view in the Champions League, a competition in which you are now starting to see us show improvement based on the experiences we've had before.
'So, I expect to see a Yeovil side who have learned a lot from their own experiences of the last six months or so.
'They're showing improvements each week while still finding their feet at the highest level of the women's game in this country, and I'm expecting them to make it difficult for us to break them down.
'I never underestimate an opponent and we have prepared for this game as diligently as ever to make sure we continue our fantastic start to the season.'