Emma Hayes blames inexperience as a factor in heavy 4-0 Champions League final defeat

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It was a shambolic first half in Sweden as Chelsea’s women were beaten 4-0 by Barcelona in the final of the Women’s Champions League.

Melanie Leupolz scored an unfortunate own goal 30 seconds after the start of the match, and shortly after that a penalty was awarded to the Spanish side.

By half-time, the game was done and dusted with a 4-0 scoreline. Chelsea tried to fight back in the second half but to no avail.

The women’s head coach blamed the defeat on inexperience.

She told BT Sport: “I felt calm coming into the game but I think some of the inexperience cost us. But they will grow and improve from that. They’re all really proud of the shift they put in.

“We have won the double so we’re not trophyless, but I’m gutted we didn’t get the chance to actually make a game of it. I did my best, I tried to coach the players and change a few things, just to give us a little bit of momentum.

“We’re not quite European champions but we’re the second best and I’ll take that as a step in the right direction.”

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