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Chelsea vs Wolfsburg, Sam Kerr, Frank Kirby, Yorke and Cole, Emma Hayes

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Chelsea Women boss Emma Hayes sees similarities between Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby and legendary Manchester United duo Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole.

The pair struck up one of the best partnerships in the history of the Premier League and went on to take out the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup trophies in 1999.

Kerr and Kirby have turned providers for each other across all competitions with the latest challenge coming in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Wolfsburg.

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“They are yin and yang – one goes one way, one goes the other,” Hayes said to media this week, per Sky Sports.

“Some call it telepathy, some call it chemistry, some call it a brilliant partnership. Yorke and Cole, I think about those two and I think of Kerr and Kirby in terms of the spaces they fill.”

Chelsea’s most dominant performance came in a 6-0 win over Bristol City in the League Cup final and Kirby starred assisting for four goals, three of which were for Kerr.

The Matildas superstar also had a hat-trick in the win, with Hayes branding her “unbelievable” but it was Kirby’s assists that came to define the one quality that has powered the duo’s success.

“For me, the thing that stands [out] is the selflessness,” Hayes added.

“It is making runs or making decisions for someone else. The amount of times Fran has been in great positions herself and set someone else up, the amount of times Sam makes a run, if not for herself but to clear space, that for me is as impactful as the chemistry between them.

“They are the hardest things to get across to players — doing stuff for others — and those two understand it.”

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Kerr told ESPN that she came to Chelsea “to play with players like Fran” while adding that she is always anticipating something will happen when Kirby gets the ball.

Hayes added that Kerr in particular had been looking forward to playing with Kirby more than any other player in the squad for a key reason.

“She saw the potential between them and vice versa,” the Chelsea boss said.

“They just get each other. That’s not coached that’s just trying to put them in the right spaces and then they figure the rest out. They’re talented, world-class players and I think all of the praise given to both of them is fully justified and they have earned that.”

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