Chelsea’s new monsters, bench depth and other Women’s FA Cup final lessons | Women’s FA Cup

Hybrid monsters

After Chelsea had navigated their way past Bayern Munich in 2021 to earn a place in their first Champions League final, Emma Hayes labelled her gutsy side “mentality monsters”. They went on to lose the final to Barcelona by a humbling 4-0 scoreline. However, the “mentality monsters” moniker stuck and has been reaffirmed in three back-to-back FA Cup wins and two consecutive WSL titles, with a third in sight. After the Blues beat Manchester United 1-0 to win the FA Cup at Wembley on Sunday, Hayes had a new label for her side. “What the team has become is the most…


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