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Three key Women's FA Cup final talking points 🏆

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Lewis Ambrose

Chelsea blew Arsenal away to win the Women’s FA Cup and complete a 2020/21 treble on Sunday.

Here are the three big things we took away from the game.


A great future is ahead for women’s football

The 50th Women’s FA Cup final, on the 100th anniversary of the women’s game being banned in England, was held in front of almost 41,000 at Wembley, a third consecutive final (with fans allowed) with over 40,000 at Wembley.

And guess what? It’s only going to get bigger.

The FA and the broadcasters did a superb job of  honouring the history of the game, the challenges overcome, the barriers broken down to get to this point. But it isn’t even close to an end point.

“Many [former cup-winning] captains didn’t get the privilege of playing at Wembley, the privilege of playing on BBC One,” Emma Hayes said after the game.

“Today’s win is as much about them as it is about Chelsea. Sacrifices have been made and we must acknowledge them.”

These occasions are played on the shoulders of the women who weren’t given the opportunity to shine.


Eidevaal has Hayes fired up

Speaking of Emma Hayes, the dynamics between her and Jonas Eidevall are something to keep an eye on.

The Arsenal boss clearly upset the Chelsea manager with his wild celebrations on the touchline on the opening day of the season.

In the build-up to this one, Hayes asked Ian Wright if Eidevall likes the cameras and said Manchester City have always been the “rival game” for Chelsea when it comes to competing for trophies.

Eidevall then mentioned avoiding black cats is his only superstition and joked that Hayes “would probably buy a thousand cats with all the money she has at Chelsea” if she considered Arsenal a rival instead.

The Chelsea boss was eager to have one final jab even after such a convincing win.

Meow.

People like to act like the women’s game is the friendly cousin to the men’s game but it is elite sport with elite sportspeople and competition is fierce. These rivalries will only help it grow.


Chelsea are simply stacked

Arsenal may sit top of the WSL table but Chelsea remain champions, now treble winners for 2021, and last season’s Champions League runners-up. This was a lesson.

The Gunners couldn’t cope with the movement of Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby in particular and had no answers when tasked with breaking down the Chelsea defence, leaving Vivianne Miedema far too isolated throughout.

One of these teams is at the very top, the other wants to be there to challenge them. This was a reminder that that gap between the two still exists.