Hayes: It’s important we play our game

One of many strengths that the Blues hold is the formidable partnership of Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby, who have currently scored a combined total of 37 goals this season.

It was the link-up play between Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr that proved decisive in our opening leg against Wolfsburg and Hayes spoke of their willingness to work hard and provide opportunities for the team.

‘For me, the thing that stands up, is the selflessness. It’s making runs, or decisions for someone else.

‘The amount of times Fran has been in great positions herself and set someone else up, the amount of times Sam makes a run, if not for herself but to clear space. That for me is as impactful as the chemistry between them, because they are the hardest things to get across to players, doing stuff for others, and those two understand it in their droves.’