Women’s Champion League: VFL Wolfburg Ladies end Chelsea LFC run in the round of 32
Women’s Champion League: VFL Wolfsburg Ladies end Chelsea LFC run in the round of 32
Chelsea LFC lose (agg 4-1) (Germany, 12th October, 2016)
The ladies in Blue have been in the news since 2015 after winning the Women’s FA Cup and FA Women’s Super League (WSL). After getting knocked out of the Women’s Champions League last season in the round of 16, the fans had expectations from the ladies to reach the finals this time around. But, VFL Wolfburg Ladies just like last season ended the Blue’s run this year in the round of 32.
Chelsea LFC hosted their first ever home game at The Stamford Bridge to host Wolfburg. The result was not in their favour losing it 3-0. The second away leg was not going to be easy. But England forward Eniola Aluko put one in the net just before halftime, giving the team a hope to do well in the second half.
Most of the ball possession in the second half belonged to the Germans, but Karen Carney struck one bullet from outside the box which ended up hitting the woodwork. Chelsea played much better football compared to the home defeat in the first leg and deserved to at least win the away game, but the 80th minute strike by Gunnarsdottir levelled the score to 1-1 and they saw the game through.
Chelsea LFC manager Emma Hayes was happy with the team’s away performance and pointing out the positives she said,
‘It was a superb team performance where everybody put a shift in,’ ‘They followed the game-plan – something I asked for - and they delivered it with quality and intensity, and with concentration over 90 minutes.
‘The result and the performance helps to restore some pride. We have a lot of experience in our team, and the disappointment of the first leg has driven us to this performance, but it shouldn’t have come to that.
‘Going forwards, it’s still important we recruit the right pieces to take us another step further, but the players showed me what it means to them to play for Chelsea Football Club. I asked for that, and they responded with an absolutely brilliant performance.’
With the exit from the Champions League and a sure 2nd position finish in the WSL (two games in hand) all we can hope is that the Blues come back stronger next season and continue fighting for the silverware.
By: Sahil Khanna