Chelsea’s bid to win the Women’s Champions League for the first time in the club’s history ended in a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Barcelona in Sunday’s final.
Emma Hayes’ side looked to be on course to make history, and were the first English side to reach the final since Arsenal won the competition back in 2007.
However, Barcelona outclassed the Blues in almost every area of the pitch as they claimed their own maiden Champions League title.
Here, the PA news agency takes a look at what went wrong for Chelsea.
What went wrong for the Blues?
Why were Chelsea unable to compete?
Was it a surprise?
With the benefit of hindsight, some issues had been evident in the first leg of the semi-final, a 2-1 away defeat to Bayern Munich, before Chelsea rallied and came back at Kingsmeadow to win 5-3 on aggregate. Bayern Munich had come out of the blocks quickly, taking an early 12th-minute lead and despite securing a crucial away-goal Emma Hayes’ side did not look the dominant force they have been domestically.
What’s next for Chelsea?
Chelsea were visited by owner Roman Abramovich in their dressing room after the defeat and the players vowed to the owner they would return to the final. Hayes admitted her side were naive, despite having already won the Women’s Super League and League Cup this year.
Why was it so easy for Barcelona?
How good were Barcelona?
Barcelona have made the semi-finals of the Champions League in four out of the last five seasons, including the current one. This season they finished top of the Primera Division, unbeaten in 26 league matches, scoring 128 goals while conceding just five.