Chelsea Girls boss Emma Hayes compares Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby to Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole

Chelsea Girls boss Emma Hayes says strike duo Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby are her Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole.

Manchester United pair Yorke and Cole terrorised defences as United accomplished the Treble in 1999 with victory within the Champions League closing towards Bayern Munich, having already claimed the Premier League and FA Cup trophies.

Hayes can be hoping Kerr and Kirby, who’ve scored 31 objectives between them this season, can have the identical impression as they head into Wednesday night time’s Girls’s Champions League quarter-final second leg towards Wolfsburg.

Sam Kerr (proper) has been in wonderful kind for Chelsea

Chelsea women's manager Emma Hayes (PA)


Chelsea Girls beat Aston Villa 2-0 on Sunday however Hayes says her facet should enhance on that efficiency if they’re defend their Girls’s Tremendous League title

“You do not come throughout most of these partnerships simply and typically they’re fashioned over many, a few years,” mentioned Hayes.

“They simply get one another. That is not coached, that is simply making an attempt to place them in the appropriate areas they usually determine the remainder out. They’re gifted, world-class gamers and I believe all of the reward is absolutely justified.

“A superb partnership. Yorke and Cole, I take into consideration these two, Kerr and Kirby, when it comes to the areas they fill.

“The factor that stands out is the selflessness. Making runs or making selections for another person. They’re the toughest issues to get throughout to gamers they usually perceive it in droves.”

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Fran Kirby’s partnership with Kerr has been praised by Hayes

Chelsea head to Budapest main 2-1 on mixture, however – though the venue is identical as the primary leg – Wolfsburg have the benefit of an away objective.

It was the Blues’ first win in seven makes an attempt towards the German champions, who knocked them out 3 times between 2016 and 2018.

“Our focus and focus must be extraordinarily excessive as a result of I count on much more relentless strain from Wolfsburg,” added Hayes.

“They’re a number of finalists.

“Sure, we’re successful the sport on the midway level however they’ve the expertise of being on this place and so I count on the sport and the challenges they throw at us can be even greater than within the first sport.”

Plans for girls’s Europa League-style match

A Europa League-style match is among the many proposals within the European Membership Affiliation’s (ECA) first girls’s soccer technique, which was launched on Monday.

The Girls’s Champions League is at present the one European membership competitors in girls’s soccer.

The ECA, whose members embrace all of Europe’s largest golf equipment, has launched a ‘Be a Changemaker’ technique for the ladies’s sport.

The plan is dedicated to “driving sustainability throughout the sport, figuring out new industrial alternatives and creating new girls’s soccer golf equipment throughout Europe”, the ECA mentioned.

WSL reside on Sky Sports activities from 2021/22 season


Sky Sports activities has introduced a three-year take care of the FA to grow to be the first broadcaster of the Barclays Girls’s Tremendous League from September 2021.

As one of the crucial aggressive leagues, with a number of the most well-known names and groups on the planet, the WSL can be one in every of Sky Sports activities’ flagship choices.

The deal will see Sky Sports activities present at the very least 35 video games solely reside per season and additional strengthens the broadcaster’s dedication to girls’s sport.

The WSL will get the complete Sky Sports activities remedy with prolonged build-ups and response to all reside matches, plus every day information from the competitors throughout Sky Sports activities Information and Sky Sports activities’ digital platforms.

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