Ladies reaction: Well deserved, now let’s go unbeaten
news Wed 16 May 2018
Chelsea Ladies assistant manager Paul Green has paid tribute to the special group of players who have delivered a second domestic Double for the club in the past three years.
Having already lifted the Women's FA Cup following a 3-1 win over Arsenal in the final at Wembley, the Blues followed it up by securing the WSL1 title with a 2-0 victory at Bristol City.
Goals in either half from Drew Spence and Jonna Andersson, two of our unsung heroes this season, secured the triumph at the Stoke Gifford Stadium and Green, who took charge of the team in the absence of Emma Hayes, was keen to highlight the spirit in the camp as one of the biggest factors in our success this season.
'They've worked very hard – they're a special group of players with a hunger and desire to win trophies,' he said. 'To win the Double tonight is absolutely fantastic for them. They deserve it. It's great for the club and terrific for Emma, who has been sat at home watching.
'To get a Double and to the semi-final of the Champions League is absolutely tremendous. We've got to try and build on that from here.
'We wear the Chelsea badge. We're expected to compete for trophies, domestically and Europe. We're lucky to work with such a special group of players.
'It's all about the team. We've proved over the course of the season we've got the strongest squad in the league and that extra depth has really seen us through. It was no different tonight.'
Despite her absence from Bristol, Hayes, who has been named the League Managers Association WSL1 Manager of the Year, was heavily involved in the decision making throughout the match and Green stressed the importance of the manager's involvement.
'Emma communicated with us during the game, she was heavily involved as normal,' he said. 'I'm delighted for her. It's a special circumstance but Emma couldn't be here – she's done well to get to this point!
'The players took care of themselves really, they're very well drilled in what they do and they're a credit to the club and to themselves.
'I know how much time and effort Emma has put in to building this project and this team. I'm delighted we could complete the Double for her. She played her part from home. That's Emma for you – there was no way she wasn't going to be part of this. '
Attention now turns to our final WSL1 game of the campaign, which takes place on Sunday at Liverpool. The Blues have gone 15 games without defeat in the league this term and a win or draw in the North-West will complete an unbeaten season.
'It's not hard to stay focused,' said Green. 'These players push each other every day and to stay unbeaten, to be the Invincibles if you like, would be a special occasion. We'll enjoy tonight but we'll go to Liverpool looking to remain unbeaten.'