Emma Hayes says Chelsea are heading into the Girls’s Champions League this time period feeling “seasoned, actually calm and assured” and never preoccupied with their defeat within the last earlier this yr.
The Blues, who’ve competed in 5 of the final six editions of the competitors, had been overwhelmed 4-0 by Barcelona in Gothenburg in Could as they made the primary look by an English membership within the last since 2007.
Hayes’ aspect begin their 2021-22 marketing campaign, within the new group stage, with a house conflict on Wednesday towards Wolfsburg – the group they acquired the higher of in final season’s quarter-finals, having beforehand been knocked out by them thrice.
Requested at her pre-match press convention concerning the loss to Barcelona, the Chelsea boss stated: “I feel it’s the similar for any loss you ever have – you’re taking from it what you want, and then you definately discard the remainder.
“We do not get preoccupied on the losses for too lengthy.
“Our preoccupation is on our each day apply and competing for each trophy. In fact we all the time need to win all of them, together with the Champions League. I simply assume we’re one yr higher due to our expertise final yr.
“We really feel actually seasoned, actually calm and assured in what we’re doing. I feel expertise actually issues on this competitors, and I feel we have a number of it.”
Magda Eriksson: CL last defeat nonetheless impacts me
Hayes was joined on the press convention by Chelsea captain Magda Eriksson.
And, giving her ideas on what occurred in Gothenburg, the Sweden defender stated: “It nonetheless impacts me right this moment, as a result of it will get me motivated day-after-day – it is my gasoline to work laborious and enhance as a person participant, and for us as a group.
“The ultimate is all the time going to be with me – however I’ve undoubtedly moved on, and it did not take too lengthy as a result of then there are new challenges.
“We all know in soccer you’ll be able to’t dwell on issues for too lengthy, however you all the time must take the learnings from the experiences you get.”
Chelsea may also play Juventus and Swiss aspect Servette in what’s the first group stage the competitors has had.
Hayes stated: “I am excited, I really like the truth that each recreation goes to be actually aggressive, from the beginning somewhat than ready till the quarter-final stage.
“I feel it was wanted, I feel it was the correct change. I feel like something we’ve to expertise it to mirror on how we make it even higher going ahead. But it surely was mandatory, it was inevitable.
“Now I feel it is about growing extra groups throughout Europe so it makes it much more aggressive.
“Prize monies must be even larger, the purse must be even larger for the ladies’s recreation. That is the following step.”
Hayes was additionally requested concerning the ongoing dialogue concerning the worldwide calendar, after the Girls’s Tremendous League was amongst 10 European competitions to signal an announcement that stated proposed plans for FIFA to stage males’s and ladies’s World Cups each two years “would have profoundly detrimental…impacts that may basically alter the course and improvement of the ladies’s recreation.”
She stated: “To be trustworthy I am a part of that dialogue, so [I’m] open-minded. I do know modifications must be made to deal with the worldwide calendar, however I’ve an open thoughts.”