Emma Hayes reflects further on Champions League final and reveals Roman Abramovich conversation

Hayes reckons the experience of the way the game was lost against the Spaniards will stand her side in good stead for lifting the trophy next time, should they achieve that target of playing in the final again.

Immediately after the game, Hayes spoke about the early goals conceded more or less finishing it as a contest when it had barely begun. It was 4-0 by half-time but a more solid display in the second half ensured that was the final score.

‘The mood in the dressing room after was the mood you’d expect it to be in a team not used to losing,’ Hayes reports.

‘We’re a classy team and we behave as you should do when you’ve been beaten by a better team, acknowledging what we need to do to improve.

‘Our owner [Mr. Abramovich] came in to see us. All the girls were very quick to tell him we’ll be back here and we’ll work hard on the training pitch to make sure we do that.

‘If I know this group well enough, I know they mean these words. This is just another step in our journey because although we talk about the disappointment, we’re the second-best team in Europe.

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