Chelsea Women head coach Emma Hayes revealed that she is ready to return for the sold-outgame against Tottenham. After having an urgent hysterectomy, Hayes has been out of commission for more than a month. Her assistant Denise Reddy and general manager Paul Green have filled in for her. The manager couldn’t have chosen a better match for his comeback, with London rivals Spurs playing in front of a sold-out crowd at Stamford Bridge in a WSL match.
“My physicians asked me, “Really?” when I told them that my first game back was in front of 40,000 people. I’m nearly prepared for that,” Chelsea Women head coach Emma Hayes said. “I’m really really looking forward to seeing the supporters and getting the chance to play with my team once more. The club has done so well to be able to sell out. Stamford Bridge is the best spot to play, hands down.”
In Hayes’ absence, Chelsea has played admirably, winning all six of its games, including a 3-1 victory at Manchester United, who had never lost a WSL game without giving up a goal before they faced the Blues. Hayes claimed she kept in touch with Reddy from home and had faith in her assistant to run things even when their technology failed.
“Only during the second part of the Man Utd game did my earpiece cease working, which I shared with Denise. However, I was pleased with how we played and I am very confident in the job my entire squad is doing,” she added. “Despite Paul and I not being present, Denise did an excellent job. We have such an experienced bunch, Paul remarked it numerous times, that I’ve been able to heal easily without the hassles.”
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