EMMA HAYES has slammed the Continental Cup for damaging the growth of the Women’s Super League.
The Blues boss didn’t hold back after finding out that her team will go five weeks without a home game after beating Arsenal on Sunday.
Chelsea boss Emma Hayes on the touchline[/caption]
Chelsea came from behind at Kingsmeadow to end the Gunners perfect start to the season thanks to goals from Beth England and Maria Thorisdottir.
But there is a lengthy gap until they host Manchester United on November 17 with two League Cup fixtures away in between.
Hayes said: “I have no clue how and why these fixture dates work out how they do.
“But I will say it again, get rid of the Continental Cup, get rid of it and make more league matches.
“How are we going to get continuity? Play each other in the WSL three times.
“If you want the Conti Cup put it in the Championship if you really must have it.
“We need to sell the WSL, why are we diluting it as a product?
“This competition, that competition. Boom, one f**king league it’s not difficult.”
The League Cup is contested by all 23 teams from the WSL and the Championship.
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The FA highlights that the competition provides younger players a platform to get game time in the first team.
And it gives Championship clubs the opportunity to compete against top-tier opposition.
Aston Villa kick start the second round tomorrow against Sheffield United and every other team will play on Sunday.
Arsenal and Manchester City are the only teams to have won the cup since it was set up eight years ago.
Nick Cushing’s side beat the Gunners on penalties last year with Janine Beckie’s spot-kick settling the tense shootout after two Karen Bardsley saves.