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The Chelsea women had hopes of reaching the final of the Women’s Champions League and winning it, but such hopes went crashing after a 4-0 defeat to Barcelona in the final.
Emma Hayes’ players were out-thought and out-muscled in the first half as they conceded four goals before half-time.
Speaking after the game, the coach Emma Hayes admitted that the result was difficult to take, with Melanie Leupolz scoring an own goal 30 seconds after the start of the match.
She told BT Sport: “It’s been a wonderful season for us, today was difficult because the game was over before it began and that’s what is so difficult to reflect on.
“To concede so early, we had two good chances and then they got the second through the penalty.
“Ann hasn’t had a save to make but we’ve lost 4-0, but the damage was done, I’m proud of the second-half performance, the players gave it everything.
“Congratulations to Barcelona, they’re worthy winners, deserving of the title and it’s something we will learn from because this is the next step. We showed some naivety at times.
“They were favourites for a reason and you have to stay in the game against this team. the early goal and the manner in which we conceded it… It’s an own goal and a penalty and we’re 2-0.
“That’s the difference. Everything fell for them – they got the rub of the green and they made that happen. They’re a wonderful team… I certainly will be gracious in defeat.
“Being in this position helps because as I said to the players, look at the scoreboard. That’s got to be a motivating factor when they come back for pre-season because this will stay with them over the summer.”