Leicester City WFC 0 – 5 Women – Match Report

Jonas Eidevall was impressed with the spirit of his players, despite being eliminated from the UEFA Women’s Champions League on Thursday night.

An early strike from former Gunner Jill Roord and a cruel own goal from Leah Williamson helped Wolfsburg to a 3-1 aggregate win in Germany, but our manager is keen for his side to learn from those lessons and become a of the best European teams.

Speaking after the final whistle, Eidevall revealed his emotions about his fighting side, how we can improve and our goals for the future. Read on for a full transcript:

on our performance…
We knew it was going to be a tough game today and we knew it was going to be decided by small margins. I think our first half was not good enough and I think we grew in the game in the second half. It really shows in the game that it’s the small margins that determine – we hit the crossbar, we hit the post, we had a penalty which seems clear to everyone but the reviewer, and we don’t understand that. We have to get something like that in a game like this today to get a result.

not making the final ball count…
We haven’t, and that’s the problem, when you play against a team that pressures you that way like Wolfsburg does, of course you’re not going to be successful all the time playing under pressure, but when you do, the rewards are huge and we haven’t taken advantage of those moments. We know that if you want to be successful against a good team like Wolfsburg, you have to be more efficient in those moments.

on his message to the full-time team and their disappointments…
Sure. We were better in the second half. We showed a better version of ourselves, but the players never gave up and they pushed the game until the last minutes with this penalty situation, which could have given us another life in the game. We have to learn from this game here if we want to be one of the best European teams. There are things that we need to develop, and we need to spend the rest of this season and next year’s pre-season to develop them, but also to say, this is the time to refocus, to be sharp and getting ready for Sunday. It’s one thing to lose a game, but we have to be ready for the next one and that takes a lot from everyone.

on what we can take away from this season in the Champions League…
When you play in the Champions League, and that’s the best thing, you are exposed to the best club teams in Europe and you obviously learn a lot about yourself, both on an individual level and on a team level. It gives you a very clear picture of where you need to go and when you know where you need to go, and then the journey becomes easier on how you plan. It gives us a very clear picture of where we want to be as a team and also as individuals in the future.

By Mark Ashenden.

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