Man City vs Chelsea: Emma Hayes ‘here to win’ FA Cup and domestic treble


Chelsea have reserved their place in the FA Cup final after sidelining defending champions Manchester City.

The Blues traveled to Academy Stadium, where they took out an injured city in a dominant 3-0 win.

Emma Hayes and her team will face Arsenal or Brighton in the final at Wembley in December.

A first goal from Erin Cuthbert opened the scoring in Manchester. The Scotland international hit a soft half volley past Karima Benameur Taieb from a tight angle after a corner from Guro Reiten.

Just five minutes later, Melanie Leupolz doubled Chelsea’s lead with a ranged strike as City failed to clear the danger that was heading towards their area.

The home side entered the second half looking much stronger defensively and did well to keep Chelsea’s advances at bay. But the game was buried in the 89th minute as substitute Bethany England managed a Jessie Fleming cross to score the third goal of the game.

A happy Hayes

Hayes was thrilled with his team’s performance against the FA Cup champions and is eager to face each other in an epic final clash at Wembley.

“It was one of my favorite performances,” said the Blues manager at the end of the game. “We’ve had a lot of players traveling all over the world and it’s a team game – we had to pick a team that would do the first game and then the rest to come from the bench.

“I thought our mentality was great today. I thought everything – our pressing and counterpressing, the way we created chances, was so effective. I’m really happy.”

Chelsea are now undefeated in eight matches in all competitions. They have started their reigning season in the Women’s Super League well and are currently in second place in the table, having lost just one game so far.

Only potential FA Cup finalists Arsenal have performed better in the league this season.

Triple chances

Chelsea have the chance to win the domestic treble, as the current ongoing competition is the postponed 2020/21 tournament.

With a 2020/21 WSL title and Continental Cup already under their belt, there is only one final hurdle to overcome in this mission.

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“I don’t get out of bed just to arrive. I’m here to win, the whole team is here to win,” said Hayes confidently. “It’s a great value in the club. When you win things you get used to it and you want more.”

Chelsea will find out who their final opponents will be tonight when Arsenal or Brighton emerge victorious from their semi-final clash at Meadow Park.

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