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Emma Hayes was pleased with her side’s performance in Chelsea Women’s Stateside’s first pre-season game against Lyon…

The Blues drew 2-2 in 90 minutes and were beaten on penalties against the Women’s Champions League winners, with Sam Kerr and Lauren James on the scoresheet.

After the contest, Hayes reflected on a positive performance from his side, even though they blew a two-goal lead late in the contest.

“I think we played really well,” she said. “For the first 65 minutes we were completely dominant. We executed the things we worked on in training, our movement was good, our ball retention was great and our counter pressure was very good.

“The disruption has come with several changes and I’m unlikely to make that many changes in any game this season, but it’s pre-season and I want to prepare the whole squad for the season.”

“It was a very good start, but we failed to manage the game with all these changes, and that includes the set pieces roles.” The game became transitional and we allowed Lyon to come back to it but in terms of the positives, I think we were exceptional.

Erin Cuthbert has been deployed in a deeper midfield role and Hayes has indicated that could be an option for the 24-year-old entering the campaign proper.

“You saw what we have planned for Erin,” Hayes explained. “She sits in a prone position because in possession and out of possession she offers a lot to the team.” Jessie Fleming has the opportunity to play more minutes and she has also grown in the game.

“She felt cramped and had to come out, but I thought the midfield was fluid and in possession, we created overloads as we wanted so generally, I’m happy with the way the midfielder field played.”

With a few new signings involved against the much-loved French side, Hayes had a chance to see how her new team could go forward and she was excited about the prospect.

“I really like what we do,” she added. “I felt that when we won the FA Cup it was our maximum and that we had to improve the team over the summer because to beat the best teams you have to be in better possession of the football and we struggled with that last year.

“We have now developed hybrid situations so that the team can play in which they are comfortable. I thought our use of the ball and our decision-making in possession of the ball was a big plus today compared to last year, so I think we’re already ahead of where we want to be. with that.

“We have more depth in each position, so everyone has to produce quality day in and day out, because if you want to replicate something like the level of a team like Lyon, our daily training has to be at an even higher level. raised.

“We’ve done some great business this summer and I’m really excited for the campaign.”

Next in the Women’s International Champions Cup, we will face defending champions Portland Thorns on Saturday in the final match of our USA tour. Hayes also confirmed after the match that England star Fran Kirby will not feature in the match as she continues to build up to her form following the Lionesses’ Euro success.