The Perplexing Dominance of Chelsea in Women’s Football
In the world of women’s football, one team has remained at the top despite growing competition and investment from their rivals. That team is none other than Chelsea FC.
Chelsea recently secured a fourth Women’s Super League title in a row with a 3-0 victory over Reading on the final day of the season. This completed an impressive league and FA Cup Double, marking manager Emma Hayes’ fourteenth major trophy since her arrival at the club in 2012.
“You’ve got to pay me a lot of money to tell you!” Hayes joked when asked about revealing the secrets behind her team’s success on national TV. “These are the secrets to our success, so I’m not going to spill it.”
And who can blame her? Whatever it is that makes this team such a force cannot be given away for free. But what we do know is that they consistently compete for every trophy available; reaching both Champions League semi-finals and losing only in the League Cup final this year.
A Culture Driven by Small Details
Former Blues defender Claire Rafferty believes that Chelsea’s commitment to small details has helped give them an edge over their competitors:
Despite the initial grumblings from players, such as having to attend meetings and follow new routines, Rafferty now acknowledges the significance of these changes. She recognizes that preparing your body and protecting your mind is just as important as what happens on the pitch.
“When Chelsea started winning, the players’ outlook changed,” said Rafferty. “It was no longer a chore but a necessary routine. There was an acceptance that winning trophies required a daily, driven culture.”