How Chelsea tradition drives success on each fronts


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Thomas Tuchel and Emma Hayes
Thomas Tuchel has led Chelsea to 2 FA Cup finals, whereas Emma Hayes has gained three Ladies’s FA Cup trophies with the Blues

Chasing trophies is a part of Chelsea’s DNA and in a season the place turbulence has taken place behind the scenes, the primary groups have marched collectively on their path to glory.

The FA Cup finals are happening on consecutive days at Wembley this weekend and Chelsea will compete in each.

It isn’t the primary time the groups have strived for simultaneous success on this competitors – although the finals haven’t been contested on the identical weekend earlier than.

Emma Hayes’ facet – who wrapped up a sixth WSL title last weekend – will face Manchester Metropolis as defending champions on Sunday, whereas Thomas Tuchel’s males compete in a 3rd straight FA Cup last in opposition to Liverpool on Saturday, searching for his first victory with the membership.

Chelsea did the FA Cup treble in 2018 – turning into the primary membership to win the FA Cup, the Ladies’s FA Cup and the FA Youth Cup in the identical season. However can they go away Wembley Method draped in blue by sweeping up each trophies this weekend?

“Hopefully. We’ve got to do step one and if the ladies can observe that will be tremendous good,” mentioned Tuchel.

“We’ll hope for the easiest. They only bought the third straight WSL title to allow them to win the double.”

Tuchel has admitted the sanctions handed to Roman Abramovich and off-field discussions across the new possession have been a distraction at Chelsea this season, and Hayes is somebody who can empathise.

The 2, who’ve had a robust relationship because the German’s arrival in 2021 and each picked up the Fifa Greatest Supervisor awards in January, have needed to handle uncertainty over participant contracts, disruption to journey plans and intense media hypothesis on the way forward for the membership.

However in one another they’ve had an ally; somebody to sympathise with and encourage the opposite. Solely final week they had been pictured hugging at Chelsea’s coaching floor in Cobham. When requested about it, Hayes joked: “I simply thought Thomas wanted a hug so I gave him one!”

Tuchel added: “It could imply lots to all of us. It was draining, demanding and generally surreal and laborious to deal with. That is why it will be an enormous, massive reward.”

Hayes frequently speaks with Tuchel at Cobham between coaching periods and unsurprisingly the conversations are dominated by soccer.

“We do not separate genders. We simply speak about dilemmas and training. It is a simple relationship to have with a coach who has at all times been actually open and welcoming,” mentioned Hayes.

“We have had a extremely good bond since he is been on the membership. Hopefully they will kick issues off in the fitting method on Saturday.

Hayes joked the success of Chelsea was “within the water” however remembered an encounter throughout her first week which summed up the tradition on the membership.

“I am unable to keep in mind who it was however the very first thing they mentioned to me was ‘did you win this weekend?’ It wasn’t even ‘how are you?’ That is what this place is. It’s all about profitable.

“It was a profound second as a result of the expectations had been clear and so they have been the entire time. I feel we – all of the groups – push one another internally. We’re household right here. Is it within the DNA? Yeah. It is positively within the water.”

Academy graduate Mason Mount shall be watching the ladies after enjoying in Saturday’s last and the thrill on the prospect of a joint-celebration was evident as he sat reverse Scotland midfielder Erin Cuthbert in an interview with BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat.

“If we win, it’s a must to win! Open prime bus collectively?” Mount joked.

He added: “It could be huge [to both win it]. It is sensible to see us each doing massive issues. Now on the identical weekend we are able to obtain even greater issues. To win the FA Cup can be such a particular weekend if we each did it.”

Magdalena Eriksson will captain her facet on Sunday and he or she frequently shares messages with males’s skipper Cesar Azpilicueta, congratulating one another’s success.

“It is actually essential to really feel that the entire membership is behind one another. We again the lads and the lads again us. It means lots,” mentioned Eriksson.

“It is already an enormous weekend for the membership as a result of having a male and a ladies’s staff within the last is strictly the place we need to be as a membership.

“If each groups might raise the trophy it will be even greater. We will certainly be cheering on the lads and they are going to be cheering for us.”

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