Emma Hayes: Chelsea Women boss says club need to 'deliver on both fronts' in Women's Super League and Champions League

Chelsea Women face a season-defining fortnight with the Champions League final on May 16 following the climax of the Women's Super League title race; Chelsea face Tottenham in their game in hand on Wednesday; follow the game live in our dedicated live blog on Sky Sports' digital platforms

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Image: Emma Hayes has called on her players to battle to the end in the race for the WSL title and Champions League

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes has stressed she wants to win the Women's Super League (WSL) "as much as anything" and her team "have to deliver on both fronts" with a Champions League final to come.

The Blues reached the Women's Champions League final for the first time, as a 4-1 triumph over Bayern Munich at Kingsmeadow gave them a 5-3 victory on aggregate on Sunday.

On Wednesday, they return to WSL action by facing Tottenham away - their game in hand over leaders Manchester City.

Second-placed Chelsea will go two points clear at the top of the WSL table with a victory against Spurs. The season then concludes on Sunday as Hayes' side host Reading and Man City are away to West Ham. Chelsea will ultimately need to win both of their final WSL games to clinch a fourth league title.

Hayes, whose team face Barcelona in the Champions League final in Gothenburg on May 16, has emphasised that "we have to deliver on both fronts".

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Image: Chelsea Women are fighting on all fronts heading into the final weeks of the season

"Imagine we'd lost [against Bayern] and you have to play on Wednesday, and you've got to pick a dressing room up that loses, imagine how hard that is in my position," Hayes said.

"From a winning position, I can get them to do anything. From a losing position, that would have been a big challenge. That was on my mind before the game. I kept thinking, 'If we want to win the league, we still have to win both of those games - please win', because I think that would be an impossible task.

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"We have to deliver on both fronts. I want to win the league, as much as anything. That's your bread and butter. That's what Vic (Akers) taught me - it's your bread and butter."

How to follow Chelsea's defining fortnight on Sky Sports

  • Follow Tottenham vs Chelsea in the WSL on Wednesday in our dedicated live blog across Sky Sports' digital platforms. Also follow the latest updates on Sky Sports News.
  • Follow the final day of the WSL in our dedicated live blog across Sky Sports' digital platforms. Also follow the latest updates on Sky Sports News.
  • Follow all the latest build-up and action from Chelsea vs Barcelona in the Women's Champions League final on May 16 across Sky Sports' digital platforms and on Sky Sports News.

Chelsea are just the second English team to reach the continental competition's final, following the 2007 effort by an Arsenal outfit who had Hayes working as assistant boss under Akers.

That team won a quadruple, something this Chelsea side can also achieve, with the Continental League Cup already secured.

Chelsea playmaker Fran Kirby, who scored twice in the win over Bayern, described the victory as "unbelievable" but urged the team not to lose focus on the league.

Fran Kirby scored Chelsea's first and fourth goals against Bayern Munich
Image: Fran Kirby inspired Chelsea to victory over Bayern Munich with two goals in the semi-final second leg

She said on the club's official website: "We've been in this competition a long time and I was there in the first season that we started off in this competition.

"I've seen how we've grown and how we've grown as a team. Everyone gave everything, there were bodies on the line and it's really special.

"It's one of the most important wins but for us we have to focus on what we've still got coming up.

"We've got the league that we want to win and then we've got this one which we also want to go and win. We can't just be happy with getting to the final."

Chelsea are preparing to face a Tottenham side who are eighth in the WSL table, guaranteed not to go down and winless in their last nine league games, two of which have been draws.

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