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Hayes: They are amazing women that are inspiring generations

Chelsea Women are one victory away from winning the Champions League and Emma Hayes says her side are ready for the challenge.

The Blues face Barcelona in our first ever Champions League final on Sunday evening at Sweden women’s national stadium, Gama Ullevi.

Speaking in a press conference, the Chelsea manager says the quality in her squad has her in confident mood going into Sunday’s showdown.

Hayes said: ‘The realities are we are one game away from becoming Champions of Europe and I wouldn’t want to be in another dressing room. It’s a group of fantastic women that have led from the front, not just this season, but throughout my time here.

‘One thing you gain with experience is wisdom and with wisdom comes a better understanding of how to manage the biggest moments.

‘When I say to everybody this is just another game for us, that’s because I treat every game like the Champions League final. For me, it’s no different.

‘There may be more media here, more watching eyes this week but the realities are, this is a game we love to play. It’s a team that loves to be together and we love to be challenged by the biggest moments.

‘There is no bigger opportunity than to play Barcelona in what I think with be the most watched women’s game, at least of this year.

‘I’m excited about it, I feel relaxed about the game because I know the qualities in the dressing room.’

Chelsea have already secured the FA Community Shield, the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, and the Continental League Cup this season and Hayes believes the performances from her players across the season have inspired so many.

She added: ‘When you work hard on a project like Chelsea, the journey of getting to this point is the part of the job I love the most. That includes the set-backs, that includes the disappointments, that includes signing new players and that includes winning and losing new things.

‘When I talk about it being a dream, me being in this dressing room, they are amazing women that are inspiring generations.

‘I’m not talking just about little girls, I’m talking about boys too because they are also becoming big fans of women’s football.’

Tomorrow’s final will be streamed live on the website and the 5th Stand app. Geo-restrictions apply and it cannot be viewed in the UK (where the game will be live on BT Sport).

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