Chelsea coach snuck into cupboard to watch Leeds United's Marcelo Bielsa on Mother's Day

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Chelsea Women head coach Emma Hayes has admitted she spent part of Mother's Day watching videos of Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa.

Hayes - who took charge of the Blues in 2012 - is following government guidelines by social distancing at home with her family amid the recent coronavirus outbreak.

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The Football Association has suspended English football until April 30 at least across all divisions with the Women's Super League enduring a similar hiatus.

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa. (Image: Tony Johnson)Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa. (Image: Tony Johnson)
Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa. (Image: Tony Johnson)

Hayes recently guided her side to League Cup glory over Arsenal just three weeks ago as Beth England bagged a stoppage-time winner at the City Ground.

Chelsea's squad are continuing to train individually as the break continues, but Hayes has revealed the unusual way she is attempting to use her time away from the game.

“We are taking this opportunity to develop ourselves,” Hayes told BBC Radio 5 live.

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“But I’m finding it really hard to do that with a baby around my ankles.

“I snuck an hour to watch (Marcelo) Bielsa on YouTube, I love that guy. I watched a video of him talking about tactics and formations against Brazil and I absolutely loved it.

“I had to hide hard in the cupboard for a bit so my son was not cognisant of where I was.”

She added: “My routine is not being at home with a child all day, mine is with a football team.

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“I have a baby in the house, for any parent it is challenging knowing that you have to find different solutions daily, different routines daily.

“I’ve had to adjust to that, which is great because I spending time with my son but also I’m having to contemplate mentally how I will cope through this period.

“I’m no different to anyone in this situation, our mental health is going to be challenged and there has to be a degree of rigour and discipline to stay on the right side of that.”