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Hayes praises ‘genius footballer’ Lauren James after hat-trick performance

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes expressed admiration for Lauren James, the 22-year-old attacker, following her hat-trick against Manchester United.

Emma Hayes lauded James as a “genius footballer” after her stellar performance, which propelled Chelsea to a 3-1 victory in a Women’s Super League encounter at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Speaking to the BBC after the game, Hayes said: “Human beings are not simple. There’s a lot of complexities with Lauren – but she’s a genius footballer. She wanted to demonstrate in front of the home fans she could step forward. She showed she could do it as a No.10 and No.9 in the second half. Her hold-up play is unbelievable.”

Following her hat-trick against her former club, Lauren James is now leading the Golden Boot race in the Women’s Super League (WSL) with 10 goals in as many matches. The victory also enabled Chelsea to maintain their three-point lead at the top of the table after 11 games.

Emma Hayes’ side will now turn their attention to the Women’s Champions League, where they are scheduled to face Real Madrid in a group stage match on Wednesday.

The Blues currently sit at the top of their group with eight points from four matches, and a victory against Real Madrid will secure their place in the knockout stage.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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