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The Chelsea Ladies' season gets underway in just over a weeks' time so the official Chelsea website caught up with manager Emma Wholesale Spain Soccer Jersey
Hayes to find out how the final preparations are going.
Transfer deadline day passed yesterday with the Ladies adding an eighth and final signing to their squad, 22-year-old Chilean goalkeeper USA Jersey
Christiane Endler. Emma Hayes discussed that transfer, her choice for the captaincy and much more besides ahead of the first game of the season, an FA Cup fifth round tie at home to Bristol Academy on Sunday 13 April.
Keeper addition increases competition
Hayes explained Endler's background, her strengths and how the signing will benefit current first-choice goalkeeper Marie Hourihan.
'Christiane is Chile's No1 and has been playing internationally for quite some time,' reported Hayes. 'She's been playing in the college system over in the States and also had a spell at Colo-Colo in her homeland.
'We're really excited about what she can bring to the team. Her kicking game is tremendous which is going to help massively with our ability to play out from the back or to counter with a quick transfer from attack to defence. She fits into any type of playing style. Her kicking game is a massive reason we've signed her, but she'll pluck crosses out of the air no problem.
'Communication is going to hold her back to begin with as English isn't her first language but her potential is absolutely enormous. She's 6ft 1in, incredibly athletic and brave. Her all-round game is first class.
'She's 22 and she'll drive my No1, Marie Hourihan, to be the best that she can be. "Marge", as we call her, has been the most improved player at this football club; she works hard, is intelligent and brave. My hope is that the pair of them are going to bring the best out of each other. We need competition in every position, but it's fair to say that Marie has earned the No1 spot and it's up to Tiane to dislodge her from that.'
The start of the season is now just over a week away
The Ladies have competed in a number of pre-season friendlies ahead of the new season, including last night when they beat Millwall 3-0. The goals were scored by Yuki Ogimi, who netted twice, and Rachel Williams.
Hayes expects her whole squad to be fit for the big kick-off next weekend and she spoke in greater depth about the how the first team have helped with the pre-season preparations.
'I had a sit down with Rui Faria (our assistant first team coach) to speak about their periodisation and the difference in the men's team's model to ours. To be honest, there's not much to separate it, but Rui was very helpful and shared ideas about the different things to manage different player loads. I hope to get a little bit time with him just before the season starts so we can build upon it.
'There are a lot of parallels with the training methodology throughout the club. It's great being at a club which shares ideas and I know my assistants have really benefited from speaking with the match analysis department about how we can improve. There's a lot of support for what we are doing.'
Photoshoot and captaincy
With new seasons come old rituals. The Ladies took part in the traditional pre-season photoshoot last week and as Hayes explains it was a good team-building exercise.
'The photoshoot was a lot of fun and BT came along. The status of our team, and the quality within it, has resulted in an increase in publicity and media coverage.
'Ji So-Yun was joking around the whole time, but Rachel Williams and Katie Chapman suddenly became very shy with the cameras around. They are the two hardest players I've ever coached, but stick a camera in front of them and they run a mile!'
An announcement on who will lead the side for the forthcoming season will be made to her squad by Hayes in the coming days, the final piece in the puzzle before next Sunday's opener.
'I've now made a decision on my captain, but I'm not revealing to my squad until next Wednesday so I'm afraid you're all going to have to wait until then, too. It's been one of the toughest decisions I've had to make, which is testament to the leaders I have in my squad. There have been three or four genuine contenders for the role.'