Chelsea Women maintained our perfect start to the Champions League by beating Real Madrid Women 2-0 on Wednesday night.
The Blues have nine points from three games played and have scored eleven goals with none conceded.
Chelsea Women manager Emma Hayes pointed to her squad’s significant experience in Champions League football as a deciding factor in last night’s win over Real Madrid at Kingsmeadow.
“I really liked the game,” said Hayes as she reflected on a third straight win in this season’s group stage.
“I think a couple of years ago we’d have got impatient, especially in the first half, but there is a maturity to the team coming through. We are calm and controlled.
“Where we were lacking in the first half was clearly in the final third, whether it be execution, decision-making, the types of runs. All the stuff that happens in that part of the pitch wasn’t at our top level, but it was a calm dressing room at half-time. When these two teams are so relatively evenly matched, I’m starting to see the importance of our experience in this competition, and what we’ve learned last year and the year before.
“We are certainly playing better European football with becoming more accustomed to it and it was a really mature performance from the team.”
Chelsea Women are now five points clear at the top of Group A with half the games played and a return trip to Real Madrid to come. Paris St-Germain and Vllaznia from Albania are the other sides.
“I was happy when the draw was made as sometimes you can have a little switch-off and say we’ve got the easier group,” Hayes points out. “The fact we had a really tough group was perfect for this team because we’ve had to be switched on from start.”