Mount: We need to step up and react

The general consensus in the game’s aftermath was that Chelsea had played well for large periods but were hampered by costly mistakes, including the concession of a penalty after slow build-up play at the back.

Mount insisted that playing out from defence would remain part of the team’s style but admitted that knowing when and where to play short or long was key.

‘Our philosophy is to play so we always try to do that but sometimes the ball does have to go [be kicked long],’ he explained.

‘Over the past couple of games we’ve started to make mistakes which we haven’t really made in the past. We’re a team that doesn’t give away many chances but here we’ve conceded three and that’s something we need to look at.’

Loftus-Cheek on confusing result and snapping out of a sloppy spell

Making his third successive start, the 25-year-old was heavily involved throughout, registering the third-highest amount of touches in the game and as many successful take-ons as the West Ham team combined.

However, our number 12 felt lapses of concentration and individual errors proved costly once again, insisting that the team must quickly rid themselves of such issues in order to regain form at a critical time in the season.

‘It’s just a case of mistakes and luck for them. We’ve had a few mistakes over the past couple of games that we’ve never had before and sometimes it happens in football.

Women’s FA Cup final report: Chelsea 3 Arsenal 0

Thirteen minutes remained, but the game was all over bar the shouting. Hayes made a triple substitution late on that was well received by the Blues section of the Wembley crowd, as Spence, Ji and Bethany England were introduced. Aniek Nouwen also got on before stoppage-time was complete, getting a few seconds to soak up a winning Wembley cup final as a Chelsea player.

The final whistle was greeted by a roar from the stands and on the pitch, as the celebrations could begin in earnest. For the third time in our history, Chelsea Women were FA Cup winners, only this time it was different. Our previous two triumphs had been part of Doubles, as we were also crowned WSL winners; now it was as part of a Treble, along with the Continental League Cup, or even a Quadruple, with the Community Shield also won back in August 2020.

Whatever you want to call it, one thing was clear as Eriksson became the second Chelsea skipper to get her hands on the FA Cup, after Katie Chapman. The Blues are the dominant side in English football in 2021. Of that there can be no doubt.

We are next in action on Wednesday 8 December when we face Juventus at Kingsmeadow in the Women’s Champions League. Our fifth Group A fixture of the season gets under way at 8pm. Tickets for that game are still available – click here to buy yours now!

Chelsea (3-4-3) Berger; Bright, Carter, Eriksson (c); Cuthbert, Ingle (Nouwen 90+4), Leupolz (Ji 86), Reiten (Spence 86); Kirby (Harder 74), Kerr (England 86), Fleming
Unused subs Musovic, Charles, Andersson, Fox
Scorers Kirby 3, Kerr 57, 77
Booked Cuthbert 45

Arsenal (4-3-3) Zinsberger; Maritz, Wubben-Moy (Boye 87), Beattie (Foord 70), Catley; Maanum (Parris 80), Walti (Iwabuchi 61), Little (c); Mead, Miedema, McCabe
Unused subs Williams, Patten, Nobbs, Schnaderbeck, Goldie
Booked Mead 8, McCabe 65, Parris 81

Referee Helen Conley

Crowd 40,942

The Debrief: Mount shines but errors and duels defeat prove costly

Chance comparison

Despite losing the game, the visitors came out on top in most of the key performance metrics including shots (19 to West Ham’s 11), completed passes (507 to 250) and possession (64 per cent to 36 per cent).

However, the actual quality of our big chances as measured by xG was the lowest since a narrow victory at Brentford in October, with David Moyes’s side more efficient in carving out better opportunities from their fewer attacks and coming out with a shot conversion rate of 27 per cent, almost three times that of the Blues. Part of that was also down to individual mistakes handing the hosts the initiative, including the concession of a penalty and a speculative cross from Masuaka beating Mendy late on.

As the average positions graphic below shows, our shape was a little disjointed and the wing-backs less advanced than we have normally seen this season under Tuchel, with the attacking trio of Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Mount congested into a small central pocket. West Ham matched our shape and had joy in pushing Reece James and Marcos Alonso back.

Chelsea Advent Calendar Quiz – Day 4

On every date between now and Christmas, we will bring you a quick quiz on a famous player or players who have worn that number on the back of their shirts for Chelsea.

Today you have questions on no less than five players to test your knowledge, with current defender Andreas Christensen joining his predecessor David Luiz, pass master Cesc Fabregas, the ultimate anchor man Claude Makelele and revolutionary Dutch master Ruud Gullit.

That’s quite some list of number fours, so try our quiz and find out how well you know them. Just like with an advent calendar, you can come back and open a new quiz every day until Christmas Day. Unfortunately we can’t give you all a chocolate to enjoy with your quiz, but feel free to treat yourself if you score high. Good luck and merry quiz-mas!