Hayes Deserves Fitting Send-Off with Women’s Champions League Victory

Chelsea midfielder Jelena Cankovic expresses the team’s desire to give manager Emma Hayes a fitting farewell by winning the Women’s Champions League in her last season with the club.

Under Hayes’ leadership since 2012, Chelsea has achieved significant success, but the coveted Champions League title has eluded them thus far. Securing their spot in this season’s quarter-finals by topping Group D, Chelsea sealed an unbeaten group stage with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Paris FC.

Cankovic played a pivotal role in Chelsea’s triumph, providing assists for Fran Kirby and Mia Fishel, earning herself the player of the match award. Reflecting on the win, she emphasized the importance of ending the group stage on a high note and the team’s relentless pursuit of victory in every match.

The Serbia international acknowledges the significance of winning the competition in Hayes’ final season at the club, highlighting the desire to give their esteemed manager a memorable send-off.

In the match against Paris FC, Kirby opened the scoring early on from a Cankovic cross, setting the tone for Chelsea’s dominant display. Despite making nine changes to the lineup, Chelsea maintained control, with Fishel extending their lead with another goal from a Cankovic delivery.

While Paris FC pressed for a comeback, Chelsea’s defense held firm, and further goals from Guro Reiten and Maren Mjelde secured a comprehensive victory.

As group winners, Chelsea will be seeded in the quarter-final draw, avoiding formidable opponents such as holders Barcelona, Lyon, and Paris St-Germain. Swedish side Hacken also advanced to the quarter-finals from Group D, while Real Madrid and Paris FC finished third and fourth, respectively.

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