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Emma Hayes hails the strength and depth of her squad after relentless victory

After an enthralling game against Yeovil Town, Emma Hayes said it was no surprise Chelsea Women came out of the blocks quickly and produced a performance full of quality and purpose.

The score line had been on the cards for some time after Hayes’ side fell short in the semi-finals of the Women’s FA Cup against Manchester City and the Champions League v Lyon, despite being the better team.

‘Well we put in a wonderful two-legged game in the Champions League and we were incredibly unlucky not to be in the Champions League final,' she said.

‘The team have been building towards those performances so it’s no surprise to me that they came out and performed like that.'

The Blues boss made 10 changes to her starting XI from our last game against reigning European champions Lyon, with Erin Cuthbert being the only player to remain. Hayes spoke with pride about her squad.

‘It shows the strength and depth that we’ve got after making all those changes, the quality still remains. The goals throughout the team, I thought we were relentless throughout the entire evening.

‘It was a ruthless and clinical performance and at times the things we’ve lacked throughout the season. The squad showed its depth and quality throughout for us to make the changes and for them to still perform at that level.’

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Registering a win against Yeovil was very important as it puts us in good stead to finish the campaign in third place behind Arsenal and Manchester City.

‘It was important to come here and get goals because ultimately that is why we have not progressed to a final in both the FA Cup and Champions League, even though we’ve been the better team.

‘I think the team felt confident enough to deliver that in the finishing phase and there was a wide variety of goals and fantastic performances throughout.

‘I think we made it difficult for Yeovil and I was more pleased with our work rate off of the ball. We obstructed their play and made it difficult for them, and by that measure I thought the team were outstanding.’

Bethany England opened the scoring just four minutes into the game and got her hat-trick within the first half. Cuthbert hit the target twice either side of the break, Adelina Engman added to the score line and Fran Kirby earned a brace after she came off the bench in the closing stages of the match.

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‘It was a squad effort here and you can see that from the changes that we have made. For Beth to reach the plus-20 goal mark is significant and something she can build upon, she’s had an unbelievable season.

‘The next objective is to really push Beth into the England squad and I think that will happen after the World Cup, especially if she produces performances like that.

‘I’m pleased for Fran for getting a couple of goals from the bench and that will give her confidence going into the World Cup.’
 

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