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Chelseas Kerrby partnership is like prime Henry and Bergkamp at Arsenal, says Hayes

29-Mar-2021, 12:00 am

Thierry Henry Dennis Bergkamp Sam Kerr Fran Kirby

Chelsea duo Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby have built up a partnership that is fuelling the clubs attempts to achieve an unprecedented quadruple for Emma Hayes side this season.

Nicknamed Fran and Sam or Kerrby, the pair have scored 26 goals in the Womens Super League between them and racked up a combined 14 league assists this season.

Hayes tried to find a Chelsea mens partnership to compare her duo to but ended up settling on Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.

"You dont come across these types of partnerships easily when they are formed," Hayes said. "Usually, when they are formed, it is over many, many years. So if you asked Sam Kerr if she could find anyone to service her with goals like Yuki Nagasato [at her former club Chicago Red Stars] did, she would question if that would be the case.

"What I do know is Sam Kerr was looking forward to playing with Kirby most in our squad because she saw the potential between them and vice versa. They just get each other. Thats not coached. It is just trying to put them in the right spaces and they figure the rest out.

"They are talented world-class players and I think all of the praise given to both of them is fully justified. They are yin and yang; some call it a brilliant partnership or telepathy.

"They remind me of Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole in terms of the spaces that they fill. I was trying to think of a Chelsea version with Didier Drogba or Gianfranco Zola in it, but they never played together. I think they would say it is most like Thierry Henry and David Bergkamp.

"What stands out is Frans selflessness, when she makes runs for somebody else or when she sets up someone else when shes in a great position for herself.

"That impacts the chemistry and it is the hardest thing to get across for players to do stuff for others. Those two understand it in their droves."

Chelsea have the second leg of their Womens Champions League quarter-final with Wolfsburg up next. The Blues hold a 2-1 lead from the first leg, which was registered as an away match despite being played at a neutral venue in Hungary.

That away goal puts the tie in the balance despite holding a slender lead over the German powerhouses. Having already won this seasons Conti Cup, Hayes side are top of the league with just four games to play. They also remain in the FA Womens Cup and are chasing all four major honours.

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