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Hayes: People don’t remember performances ... ‘they remember results’

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Chelsea v Arsenal - FA Women’s Continental League Cup Final Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

As the Chelsea men’s team look to roll on a trophy-less season for the first time in four years — I know, despite all the nonsense! — and just the sixth time in the Abramovich Era, the Chelsea women’s team have already picked up the slack and planted the flag of victory for 2019-20.

It wasn’t the prettiest of wins for the normally dominant Blues last night in the WSL League Cup (i.e. Conti Cup) final, but a late-late winner from Bethany England sent Arsenal back home empty-handed. (Full highlights here.)

Chelsea had already beaten the Gunners twice this season in the league, with particularly dominant 4-1 win away setting the tone of what could very well be an unbeaten season for Emma Hayes in the WSL — but that sort of invincibility doesn’t just happen because of talent (which Chelsea have in abundance). It happens because of hard work, fighting spirit, match-winning individual performances, and sometimes a bit of luck, too.

Those are the details that can matter in the moment. In the big picture, only one thing counts. Winning.

“People don’t remember performances in finals, they remember results. They won’t be saying in three years’ time, “Remember that dominant Arsenal performance?” They’ll just say Chelsea won. It’s about producing winning football and results.”

This team have got it all. They are clinical. They are resilient. They are tough. They have world class talent and know how to use it. Chelsea DNA through and through, they’ve got it.

“The better team did not win the game; the most resilient team won the game. I value defending and I value resilience. It isn’t always about being the best team, it isn’t always about possessing the ball the most.

“This is the third time we’ve played Arsenal this season and the previous two we were extremely dominant in. No one in our camp thought this would be a dominant Chelsea performance — far from it. To win the game after they out-possessed us, they dominated, shows what a great team we really are.

“It’s just about getting one more goal than the opponent. I talked earlier in the season about this team not being clinical. Well, we’re clinical now.”

-Emma Hayes; source: Chelsea FC

One down, two to go for the treble. What a season this could be!