Arsenal Women’s 14th FA Cup triumph will have to wait another year, as they were defeated 3-0 away at Chelsea on Sunday afternoon. Tim Stillman caught up with Gunners midfielder Dominique Bloodworth to reflect on the tie, exclusively for Arseblog News.
On Arsenal starting with a back 3….
We had a plan that involved having 3 at the back, we knew where we could exploit their weaknesses, but we didn’t score our chances and we conceded goals we shouldn’t have so that just makes it difficult against a team like Chelsea.
On playing Miedema and Mead as a front 2…
We started with 2 upfront because we wanted to put pressure on them on the ball. We thought we could get them to make mistakes if we could put them under pressure in possession. We made good chances to score in the first half, but we didn’t take them and the game got away from us after that.
On making mistakes for the Chelsea goals….
We made mistakes today and Chelsea didn’t. The first two goals were mistakes and then we had to push on to try and find a goal. That meant we had to leave spaces and they start to play with more freedom. We needed to get it to 2-1 but conceded the third, which made it impossible really. We had a good game plan today, we just didn’t execute it properly.
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— Chelsea FC Women (@ChelseaFCW) February 17, 2019
On Chelsea’s speed and depth upfront….
They have lots of quick attackers and then they bring on Fran Kirby and Ramona Bachmann as substitutes and they are not normal substitutes, they have lots of quality and are very quick too. We had to leave spaces in behind at 2-0 and they have quicker players than us and that’s one of their big qualities.
On her marking role on Ji So-Yun….
My job today was to get close to her and not let her dictate the game. I think that worked well at the beginning of the game, but we had to go to a back four and I dropped in there because our strategy wasn’t working anymore. It was just too difficult to come back from 3-0.
On bouncing back for a big week ahead….
We spoke about it this week and we very much spoke about there being 3 prizes to play for, we’re Arsenal and we want to compete for every trophy. We are all a bit devastated at the moment, but we have to turn it around, compartmentalise this, look at what went well and what didn’t go well and look ahead to Wednesday against Yeovil because that’s a very big game for us.
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