Defending Champions Chelsea put on a professional display as they produced one of the comfortable football scores of the weekend in the Women’s FA Cup. The home side dominated the first half but missed chances through Stina Blackstenius and Vivianne Miedema. Chelsea opened the scoring through Guro Rieten in the 50th minute before Ji So-Yun doubled their advantage in the 61st minute. Chelsea will face Manchester City in the final. It was the fourth and final showdown between London’s heavyweights this season, but that does not spell the end of their rivalry with the Women’s Super League title hanging in the balance.
Chelsea Women boss Emma Hayes: “Not the first 20 minutes of the game – I thought we were horrific. Didn’t get our legs going. But once we executed the game plan defensively, I thought we stifled them and they struggled. The goal came at the right time, beginning of the second half. But I thought we completely dominated by the end. International breaks; you don’t know what you’re going to get. It looked like we had the lead in our legs.”
“I didn’t feel our midfield was doing what we’d asked them to do. We got a clean sheet – we’ve limited them to maybe one clear chance. Defensively we’ve been solid and that’s our foundation. That keeps us in a strong position.”We’re in the final. For us, that’s where we want to be. We want to go back to Wembley. My team knows how to execute in the biggest moments, and we’ve shown that again today.”
Former Arsenal midfielder Fara Williams: “Emma Hayes will have gone in at half-time disappointed with the performance from Chelsea. She’ll have made some adjustments and we saw them after the break. Chelsea came out and dominated, got their goals and we didn’t see a response from Arsenal.”
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