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Chelsea reclaim the high ground thanks to inspirational Emma Hayes

Victory at Bristol City on Tuesday sealed the WSL title for Chelsea, and while their manager now has other priorities this was another double she was very much the mastermind behind

Chelsea travelled to Bristol City on Tuesday needing a point to clinch the title, and the double, with one game to play. They have produced some stunning free-flowing attacking football but that was not on display on this occasion. Instead, the Blues showed the grit of champions as they ground out a 2-0 win with what the striker Fran Kirby, who provided the assist for Jonna Andersson’s goal, described as an “average” performance.

One person absent from the touchline and the celebrations, yet overwhelmingly responsible for the team’s success, was Emma Hayes. Rather than shouting and leaping from her seat in the dugout, as is often the case, the Chelsea manager watched her team clinch their second double, her double double if you like, from her sofa at home, with an altogether different double on her mind: the imminent arrival of twins. Hayes is 35 weeks’ pregnant and this season she has juggled Chelsea’s phenomenal campaign with the emotional and physical demands of pregnancy.

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