Chelsea Women’s manager Emma Hayes has a coaching ally in Thomas Tuchel … and she calls on both teams to make it a Champions League milestone against Bayern Munich and Real Madrid
- Chelsea Women’s boss Emma Hayes has shared ideas with Thomas Tuchel
- Chelsea hosts Bayern Munich in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final
- Tuchel’s men are also looking for their own Champions League final
- His side faced Real Madrid in the second leg, tied at 1-1
Emma Hayes has found a coaching ally in Thomas Tuchel as the two highly respected managers sought to make Chelsea great again in a unique Champions League double.
Chelsea Women are looking to undo a 2-1 deficit in the semi-final in the first leg when they host Bayern Munich on Sunday, before the Tuchel men attempt to secure their place in a final when they host Real Madrid on Tuesday.
It will be a football first for Chelsea or any other club to have both sides together in the final and Hayes says she and Tuchel wouldn’t want it any other way.
Chelsea Women’s boss Emma Hayes (left) has found an ally in Thomas Tuchel (right)
Chelsea must undo a 2-1 Champions League semi-final defeat in the first leg against Bayern Munich
‘I’ve always said at Chelsea that we’re always talking about winning here. That’s what belongs to the territory. We don’t mind the pressure, expectations, the tags or titles or whatever goes with it.
‘We just know that we are a club that wants to be in winning positions and it is great to think that both the men’s and women’s teams have made it to these stages. That said, we’re about winning things over, not just getting here. ‘
Hayes has made Chelsea the dominant force in English football for nearly a decade in West London, having made a name for herself as a coach at the previously all-conquering Arsenal.
And she revealed that she was only too happy to share her knowledge of the club with German coach Tuchel when he arrived in January to replace Frank Lampard.
Hayes has made Chelsea the dominant force in English football in nearly 10 years at the club
“I had a nice meeting with Thomas Tuchel,” she added. ‘He is an open-minded progressive coach.
‘There is a reason why the men’s team is performing as they are and if we can mirror that success side by side, how fantastic that would be.
‘He loves our team and knows women’s football. We had a chat about his time at PSG and exchanged conversations in and around Chelsea. I’ve been here for a long time and I’m excited to have him here. He is a top coach and there will be many more interactions with him. ‘
Hayes will be looking for veteran players like defender Millie Bright to guide Chelsea to their first Champions League final with the Women’s Super League title almost won.
Millie Bright said ‘it would be great’ if both Chelsea sides made it to the Champions League final
England international Bright echoed her manager, saying: ‘We are all one as a club.
Chelsea wants to be successful and be known for winning the biggest trophies on the biggest stages against the biggest teams. We work together. We don’t talk about it with the men, but we all know we represent the same club and the same badge and it would be great if both teams did well.
“It’s a good time for the club, but we have to keep our feet on the ground and look no further than Sunday’s game to get it done. We’re not favorites or underdogs – the game is for both teams to play. We both have great qualities, but we have a lot of faith in this game.
‘Reaching and winning the final will be our greatest moment, because we don’t want to be known for only making it to the semi-finals. We have the capabilities to move on, but we don’t like to talk about that if we’re not done yet. We have to stay calm and be brave. ‘