Arsenal, Chelsea Coach React To Outcome Of League Cup Final
Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
After a 3-1 win over Chelsea FC Women on Sunday which clinched the Conti Tyres Women’s League Cup title for Arsenal FC Women, the Gunners coach, Jonas Eidevall says his team showed what they’re made of.
First-half goals from Stina Blackstenius, Kim Little (penalty), and Niamh Charles (own goal) ended the Gunners four year wait for its first title.
Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall speaking to BBC Sport said: “It’s a very nice feeling and I am so happy for the team and the players.
“It was a really tough start but the way we came back showed what we are made of. There was so much more intent with our runs off the ball and it created a lot of situations. Those runs for the second goal with the penalty – that’s what we were missing last Sunday and we put that right.”
Chelsea had defeated Arsenal 2-0 the previous Sunday in an FA Cup encounter dominated by Eidevall’s side.
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Eidevall opined that getting the result to win the League Cup matters a lot to the team.
He said: “These are the games we want to play. To get results creates belief. Last Sunday, we did a lot of things well but we didn’t get the result.
“It was really important to get that reward and result and now we can be filled with belief for all the games going forward.”
The coach after the match gave out his Adidas sweater to a fan he promised to reciprocate such a gesture.
The London side is still in contention for the WSL and UEFA Women’s Champions League after Chelsea FC knocked the team out of the FA Cup.
Chelsea FC Women’s coach, Emma Hayes asserted that Arsenal FC wanted the League Cup more than her team.
Hayes speaking to BBC Sport said: “The blistering start killed us. We sat off when they got the first goal.
“The difference was between a team that has won a lot and a team that hasn’t. They won the duels and were at a better intensity than us. The best team won there’s no doubt.”
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The defeat ended Chelsea’s unbeaten run since opening WSL loss to Liverpool, a scenario Hayes was disappointed with.
She added: “I’m disappointed with us. You can’t concede three goals against a team that hasn’t won a lot, which they haven’t domestically. They wanted it more.
“Losing so many duels in the first half. You have to win your battles and we didn’t do that. When you don’t do those things sometimes you need a reality check and the better team won.
“There was complacency. We’ve won a lot and they haven’t and they wanted it more than us. Simple as.”
Sam Kerr had given the Blues an early lead before three first half goals condemned the London side to its second loss of the season.
Chelsea will take solace in the fact that it lost the League Cup last season and ended up winning the WSL and FA Cup.
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