“When you get comfortable, you’re dead”

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Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has highlighted the importance of never letting her players be “comfortable” in her efforts to keep the Blues at the top of the women’s game.

Chelsea have dominated the WSL in recent seasons and won four of the last six titles as well as the shortened spring series of 2017. They also became the first English club to reach the Champions League final in 14 years last season when they met Barcelona.

Hayes, who came in 2012, has driven that success with his winning mentality and insatiable desire for trophies, which makes the club what they are today. But she insists that it is a never-ending struggle to stay in a dominant position because of the work required.

“I think everyone underestimates what it takes to stay at the top,” Hayes explained on the Wrighty’s House podcast in a live recording with Barclays this week.

“I say it all the time, people come into our building where there are new players or staff and I always say to them, ‘We are the best team because we have the most money’ and I say it tough because the work to stay at the top is always underestimated.

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13 November 2021

“If you’re not evolving – it’s not as simple as just evolving – you have to constantly make difficult decisions to change squad, to change your training, to change staff.

“You have to keep everyone on their toes. It’s a lot of work. It’s easy to say ‘We will stay at the top because we are Chelsea, we are Arsenal.’ You have to work to be in that place.

“The minute you get comfortable is the minute you die … every now and then when the players get comfortable, the carpet goes again. I have to pull the carpet.”

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