The match statistics give a good indication of Chelsea Women’s superiority over Liverpool in Wednesday night’s away game, and manager Emma Hayes hailed the complete performance afterwards.
Four goals were scored without reply and Chelsea had 10 shots to the Reds one, five of ours on-target with none by them. In truth, our opponents did not come close to scoring. Three of the Blues goals were scored by Fran Kirby plus there was a late header from Adelina Engman.
‘Getting a hat-trick is what Fran expects from herself,’ observed Hayes after the win.
‘We started so well in difficult conditions, the pitch was a bit bobbly but the team managed the game very well. We were aggressive with our press, defensively we all did our jobs and then that gave the platform to attack.
‘Going forward, the quality of our passing in the final third really showed in key moments in the game.
‘If you want to be the best team you have to do it week in, week out at every ground,’ she added, ‘and we have won convincingly here. We dominated the ball, we dominated chances and Liverpool really struggled to contain us.’
The win places Chelsea a point behind Arsenal who have three games in hand and six in arrears of leaders Man City. We and City have three games left to play.
‘We have been building for quite a while,’ said Hayes on her team’s current form, ‘but as I have always said, because we started the league campaign so poorly we have always been playing catch-up, but there have been a lot of good performances and this was one of them.’
Before the next league game is played however, there are both legs of a Champions League tie to contest and ahead of those, an FA Cup trip to Durham this weekend.
‘That is a really tough game on a tough pitch against a team that has been together a while,’ Hayes points out. ‘They will enjoy the opportunity to play against us. I remember going out to London Bees in a cup match and it is critical we are on it at the weekend.’