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Chelsea were on the losing side in the final of the FA Cup played on Saturday evening at the Wembley Stadium, as Arsenal came from behind to win the game.
Chelsea raced to an early lead from a sublime Christian Pulisic goal, but two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in each half, broke the hearts of the Chelsea fans.
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has admitted that the Cup final defeat was a painful one.
“It’s painful and a tough one to take,” said Azpilicueta. “Obviously when you lose a final, it’s always painful.
“We started the game well and scored an early goal which normally gives a confidence to build on but we didn’t capitalise on it. We dropped our level a little bit and we were punished.”
Azpilicueta further blamed his side’s inability to control the game despite the early lead as the reason for the defeat.
“When you score an early goal, you have control of the game,” he explained. “We had a couple of chances after that to make it 2-0.
“It’s a final and we knew that we were playing against a side that have good attacking players and they can be dangerous. After this, we couldn’t get into our game as we wished.”