Chelsea Women’s manager Emma Hayes responded to Erin Cuthbert’s jokey “when your drunk partner wants a fight” tweeting “I love my club” and “I’m just taking care of my teammates”.
Hayes kept the pressure on Arsenal at the top of the Women’s Super League (WSL) with a 1-0 home win over Aston Villa on Sunday.
The players’ relief was evident after Sam Kerr’s stoppage-time winner, the Blues are now only five points behind the Gunners with two games in hand.
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Chelsea celebrated wildly after scoring, and Hayes joined in, but an unfortunate screenshot started doing the rounds on social media.
Midfielder Cuthbert posted an image of Hayes holding one of her players and clashing with another: “When your drunk partner wants to fight, but you already want to join the club.”
The blues star included a laughing emoji in his post, and Hayes later responded to Cuthbert’s tweet.
“I’m just taking care of my teammates,” the Chelsea boss tweeted. “Our fans who sang for the team in the 90th minute will always be with me.
“We’ve got you and you’ve got us. I love my club.”
Chelsea win first home match since Abramovich ban
Hayes and the Chelsea team’s added obsession with supporters at Kingsmeadow came on the back of a turbulent week for the club.
The Blues are plunged into financial uncertainty due to the UK government’s decision to sanction owner Roman Abramovich amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
As a result, only season-ticket holders were able to participate in the latest Chelsea women’s fixture, with Hayes speaking of the situation after his previous outing at West Ham.
“For all the questions, the players, the fans, the staff, we have to give the club time to work through this,” she said.
“On my part, I am the leader of this team and we have to go through a tough phase and where I don’t have all the answers for it.
“I have an amazing dressing room at the club, amazing fans and amazing staff who are so good to us.”