Barcelona Beats Chelsea to Win this Season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League 2020/21.
Barcelona emphatically defeated 4-0 Chelsea in the final on Sunday to win their first-ever Women’s Champions League title in their club’s history. They became the first team from Spain to win Europe’s top club competition.
Chelsea went into the tie full of confidence and highly-spirited having won the Women’s Super League over the weekend but the rapid passing and possession-based game played by Barcelona overwhelmed the Londoners.
Barcelona, on the other hand, came into the game on a high-note by scoring in the opening minute of the first half when Chelsea forward Fran Kirby’s attempted clearance bounced off Melanie Leupolz before spinning into the net as a result of Lieke Martens’ attempt that hit the crossbar earlier.
The Spanish club side added another one from the penalty spot to make it 2-0 via Alexia Putellas’s effort in the 14th minute when Leupolz was penalised for an attempted foul on Jennifer Hermoso in the box.
The Blues got punished over and over again to make the scoreline 4-0 before half time as a result of them not being able to match up with Barcelona’s performance or contain them thanks to Aitana’s left-footed finish in the 21st minute and Caroline Graham Hansen tap-in effort in the 36th minute.
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes admitted that she failed to come to the party in the first half: “Today is difficult to take because the game ended before it even started. I’m proud of the second-half performance but the damage was done. This is something we will learn from as this is the next step up and we showed some naivety at times.”
Overall, it has been a wonderful campaign for Barcelona. Adding the holy grail to their trophy collections is simply a shred of evidence on how superb and dominating they have been all season.
In their domestic league this campaign, they have a 100% win record ( 26 wins out of 26 games), scored 128 goals (almost as twice as Chelsea), and only conceded just 5goals.
To Chelsea, their hope of winning a quadruple this season has now ended but they have also been sensational too this season – they become the first English side to reach the final of the Women’s Champions League since 2007 and they won their domestic league with just a defeat all through the campaign. They now need to return to the drawing board and prepare for their FA Cup fifth-round match against Everton to be played 3days from now if they want to have a clean sweep of domestic trophies to themselves this season.