Emma Hayes was “grateful”. Chelsea conceded just one away goal and hailed goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger as the best in the world following her side’s 2-1 win over Wolfsburg.
Les Bleus start the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final with a one-goal advantage, with Pernille Harder scoring against his former club.
Chelsea took a 55th-minute lead after a clever linkage play between Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr, with the Aussie scoreline, before Harder capitalized on a defensive breach to place the ball in the bottom corner.
However, Dominique Janssen caught Wolfsburg an important goal outside the penalty spot with 20 minutes remaining.
“First of all it’s a goalie’s job to make saves. However, she’s the best in the world, she’s amazing and she did a great job,” Hayes said of Berger. .
“I think in games like this you have to admit that they have been so dominant in Europe for so many years, with Lyon, that they are always going to have the upper hand on the English side because of those years of ‘experience, so I think it went as I expected.
“I expected them to dominate the chances, as they did, so I’m thankful we only conceded one away goal.”
The Germans reached the final last year and have a history with Hayes’ side, having knocked Chelsea out of the competition in three consecutive seasons from 2015-16.
But Chelsea start the second leg with a slight advantage, and Hayes said: “I learned you have to suffer in moments, but the first leg is always about being tied, that’s what it is.
“There is no home advantage for either team and I have a feeling the advantage is with them because they got the away goal but I thought we were excited with a lot good performance from us.
“The realities are that this is a team that has been well developed for a number of years, so I think for anyone who thinks it was going to be an easy tie for them it is not, we have them. gave a game and I’m happy. about that. “