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Hayes 'won’t entertain' idea of playing to avoid defeat in PSG clash


Emma Hayes will not get caught up in the permutations of Chelsea's Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain, and gave her opinion on the spate of ACL injuries in the women's game.

Heading into the final game of Group A, the Blues are three points ahead of their French opponents in top spot. They would need to lose by two goals or more to not go through as group winners.

However, after suffering a shock exit in the group stages last season, Hayes says her side will not even entertain the idea of not going into every game aiming for victory.

"We play to win every game - that's what you learn over the years," Hayes said.

Last year was such a learning curve for the team. When you go into a game where you say 'oh as long as we don't lose by a certain number', it's a catastrophic headspace and one I wouldn't entertain at all.

"Training has been hard and it's been hard for many reasons because if a team aspires for the biggest things, it has to train with that application... I expect that my team has the right approach and I'd be disappointed if it was otherwise."

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