Chelsea Women’s head coach Emma Hayes believes that her side will not lose focus on the Champions League despite the increased exposure of the Women’s Super League. The league has signed a three-year deal with Sky and BBC which will ensure matches being broadcasted each weekend. The broadcasting was a much-needed boost to the WSL after a testing 18 months of the coronavirus pandemic.

“This is what a lot of us in the women’s game have worked for,” Chelsea Women’s head coach Emma Hayes said. “I am so happy that we are able to build on the past couple of seasons and now really showcase our talent across even more platforms. This is no different from any other season, there is no difference in terms of what we do this year, we will just try to find our edge. I know that teams have improved off the pitch, as they do every year.”

Hayes has been in charge of Chelsea since 2012. They won the WSL last season finishing two points ahead of runners-up Manchester City. The team also reached the final of the Champions League where they missed out on the title against Barcelona.

“The league as a whole has improved and every single game will be tough,” she added. “Arsenal have been playing the Champions League competitions over the past few weeks, so are already quite played in as a team and I am sure they will relish the opportunity of playing in front of their own fans. But I don’t make excuses, my team will be ready. We have a fantastic group of players and we will all be expected to raise the bar if Chelsea is to achieve the same level of success.”

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