Chelsea manager Emma Hayes admits new signing reason ‘for change in system’

Emma Hayes

Chelsea Ladies boss Emma Hayes has revealed how she has changed the system to get the best out of summer signing Kadeisha Buchanan

Chelsea enjoyed a stunning victory over London rivals Tottenham at the weekend and looked very threatening going forward as they came away 3-0 winners – but it could have been alot more.

However – the performance of Buchanan at the back was very impressive – as her pace, power and ability on the ball really showed and it was the kind of performance that many have been waiting to see from the player.

And looking back at that game Hayes revealed that a recent change in the rearguard shape has a lot to do with the summer arrival from Lyon.

She told the club website: ‘Kadeisha came in when we had a sort of hybrid back system where Kadeisha was the central player within that until two games ago,’

‘I felt that we weren’t able to bring the best out of her because she was always driving centrally with the ball.

So we adjusted for the last game with Millie and her [together in the centre of a back-four] and all I see now is her flourishing.

‘What I will say about that [how she was being asked to play before] is not once did she complain, not once did she hide. She always says to me coach, what do you need from me?

“But the minute I put her into that new position, I can just see that her communication and confidence and everything is increasing, and this game was clearly her best in a Chelsea shirt.

‘I think there’s so much room for improvement again positionally for her, but what a joy it is to coach her – a really respectful human being who is going to add so much to our team.’

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