The race for the Women’s Super League title is heating up, as Chelsea’s comprehensive 6-0 win over Leicester City has closed the gap between themselves and Manchester United to just a point. With one game in hand – scheduled for May 16th – the Blues now have the upper hand in this thrilling battle for top spot.
The result, coupled with a dominant performance from Emma Hayes’ side, has given the Blues renewed confidence in their bid for glory. As well as highlighting their undoubted quality on the pitch, it also demonstrated their manager’s willingness to put pressure on her rivals – something she takes great pleasure in doing.
Indeed, this is not the first time Emma Hayes has shown her tactical nous this season. Her decision to bring on compatriot Melanie Leupolz as a substitute in their previous game against Brighton proved highly influential, with the midfielder netting an 89th-minute winner to secure three crucial points.
Of course, things will be far from easy for Chelsea – particularly with a trip to Everton looming on the horizon. But their cause has been helped by Man Utd’s recent stuttering form, which has seen them lose three of their last five games in all competitions.
The two sides will now meet in the FA Cup Final this Sunday, and it promises to be an intriguing battle between two of the WSL’s heavyweights. Whoever emerges victorious from this titanic clash of wills could well be in pole position to land the league title, so all eyes will be on Wembley come May 9th.
For now though, Chelsea have every reason to feel bullish about their chances. With Emma Hayes’ tactical acumen and aggressive approach ensuring they remain in the driving seat as we enter the business end of the season, it’s no wonder that the Blues are increasingly confident of landing a first title since 2015.