Chelsea Survive Scare and Go 1-0 Up Against Club Brugge

Chelsea survived a major scare from Club Brugge to take a first leg lead to Belgium on Thursday and claim a 1-0 win. That leaves Emma Hayes’s side needing to score twice at the Princess Albert stadium to progress in the Women’s Champions League. And Hayes was not happy with the way her side conceded the game’s only goal.

“We’re always capable of being 2-0 up or 3-0 up but we weren’t very good today at the back,” Hayes told the BBC. “We were asking too much of Karen Carney. She made the mistake on 85 minutes that got them back into the game and it’s always about making sure you can rectify those.”

“We always feared we could get the first goal,” added Carole Cheney, another Chelsea veteran. “But being 1-0 up was not comfortable. We worked really hard to get it and to not open it up like we did at 2-0 would have let them back in. We took our foot off the gas and it got us a bit scared. We didn’t want to get too far ahead.”

But having drawn 1-1 at home against Club Brugge in September to open their Champions League campaign, Chelsea know a draw will be good enough to see them through. And Hayes insists her team are better equipped to tackle an away goal than in the previous fixture.

“In the first half we worked hard to close teams down and hopefully that got us a foothold. In the second half, we had a couple of spells when we really stood up and showed a bit of grit,” she said. “That’s why we always look so good away from home.

“Overall we’re very proud of the players. We’ve got six amazing generations involved and we’ve got a young squad. They’re going to learn from this now. They have no fear and I think that will make us stronger in the second leg.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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