Emma Hayes admits ‘relieved’ after Chelsea seal the WSL title in dramatic fashion

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Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has pointed to her team’s form during the second half of the season as the reason for the Blues’ third consecutive WSL title.

Chelsea sealed the title with a comeback win over Manchester United on the final day of the campaign. But it was just the final part of a superb run that started at the end of January and saw Hayes’ side collect 34 points from a possible 36 in their last 12 games.

“Relieved, I say it every time we win,” Hayes told Sky Sports as he reflected on his initial emotions.

“This is out of the way, hallelujah! We have to dig deeper but we have been doing it all year,” he added.

“So far, this is the best. Down 2-1 at half-time and then won 4-2. We are champions because of the second half of the season. We know how to cross the line. We can work it out, you can’t legislate it.”

Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson and centre-back partner Millie Bright both commented after the game about the feeling of family in the squad.

“It means winning the league a lot but winning it this way is even more. We’ve used every member of the squad, everyone has contributed. It’s a team win,” Eriksson told Sky Sports.

“Other teams have had injuries and that shows on the pitch in their results. We’ve had setbacks and injuries and although it hasn’t been smooth sailing, we’ve found a way to win. This is a team, the girls help each other to win.”

Bright added, “Everyone says it’s like family and it is. I really love every one of them [teammates].”

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