Emma Hayes admits she’s disappointed with one-goal advantage over Barcelona


Chelsea Women boss Emma Hayes expressed disappointment that her side couldn’t put a second goal past Barcelona in their Champions League first-leg semi-final win on Saturday, noting the fragile margins at play against the current holders.

Captain Erin Cuthbert’s first-half strike gave the Blues an important 1-0 advantage as they return to west London for the second leg next weekend at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea required some time to settle into the match in a hotly-contested match between two old rivals but produced a solid performance to grind out a narrow and deserved win on the road, a feat the club have historically laboured to do.

Indeed, Saturday’s victory marked Barcelona’s first competitive home loss since February 2019 and a first victory for Chelsea in four attempts.

Hayes insisted in her pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s contest that there was no room for talk of fairy tales as her side continues their mission of attaining a first-ever piece of silverware in Europe and the only trophy that has eluded Hayes in an otherwise glittering Chelsea tenure.

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