Chelsea Women boss Emma Hayes revealed that the scheduling of the Women’s FA Cup final could have been better. The Final is the conclusion of the 2020/21 competition with all matches from the quarter-finals delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. This Sunday also marks 100 years since the Football Association banned women’s football. The ban lasted 50 years with the final being the 50th edition.

“I understand the FA want to fit it on an important weekend. I totally get it.” Chelsea Women boss Emma Hayes said. “But, getting back to our welfare, we’ve got three games in six days, on the back of them coming back from an international break. I think you could have done that better. But it’s here. I don’t want the focus to be on that. It needs to be on what the women’s game is about. We need to promote it, celebrate it and acknowledge everyone around it, past and present.”

“She can’t train, we have to get her fresh. But Sam is a top professional and we have sleep plans, recovery plans for these players, and Sam will follow that,” she added. “I spoke with her and she said she feels much better than she did last time she returned. She’ll give what her best can be because these players are used to doing that, even if it’s not best for them. It’s Sam Kerr, she’ll be fit and ready to go come Sunday.”

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