Emma Hayes: Chelsea expect ‘huge battles’ with Man City after Community Shield win


Women’s Community Shield Highlights: Chelsea 2-0 Manchester City

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes says there will be “huge battles ahead facing Manchester City” this season after her side beat them at Wembley to lift the Women’s Community Shield.

Goals from centre-back Millie Bright and substitute Erin Cuthbert sealed a 2-0 win for Chelsea.

It was manager Gareth Taylor’s first game in charge of Manchester City, who finished second to Chelsea in the 2019-20 WSL on a points-per-game basis.

The new season kicks off next weekend.

“We showed an evolution already from last season,” said Hayes, whose side were awarded the 2019-20 title when coronavirus ended the campaign, the points-per-game formula lifting them above leaders City.

“You’ve got two wonderful teams at Wembley – it’s such a shame there wasn’t a crowd, because you saw from the quality on show that these are two outstanding sides.

“It was a great way to start the season and hopefully the broadcasting numbers confirm that.”

The contest was the first Women’s Community Shield match to be held since 2008 and the first at the 90,000-capacity Wembley.

Emma Hayes picked up her eighth trophy as Chelsea manager on Saturday

Hayes gave a debut to new signing Melanie Leupolz in midfield, while Niamh Charles, who joined from Liverpool, and Canada international Jessie Fleming, who signed from UCLA Bruins, were on the bench.

USA World Cup winner Sam Mewis was an unused substitute for Manchester City after signing from North Carolina Courage but England international Chloe Kelly made her debut up front.

Both teams have strengthened this summer, with USA’s Rose Lavelle also joining City and Chelsea remain heavily linked