CHELSEA LADIES IN JAPAN – DAY EIGHT

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So the trip ends with a defeat, but one which this developing team can take great heart from.

As Emma Hayes predicted they may be, INAC Kobe Leonessa were more than a match for the Chelsea Ladies, who battled bravely against a team that could reasonably argue to be the best women’s club side on the planet.

There are many positives though, not least that the Blues gave them a real scare towards the end, hitting two goals in three minutes to bring themselves back into touching distance, but also learning what it is to be matched against the elite, and how to deal with such a fluid system of play.

Remember too, this is a Chelsea side far from complete, featuring triallists and short-term loanees, with new signings expected before the commencement of the Women’s Super League season in 2014. The day began with breakfast and a stroll to loosen the muscles, followed by a team meeting in which the girls were shown a photo montage of the trip so far – they have achieved a lot in a short time, and the management felt they should be reminded so.


From there it was onto the coach and a short journey back to the Ajinomoto Stadium. Japanese rules dictate you are limited to only 20 minutes on the pitch warming up before a game, so both sides had to use futsal courts just outside the stadium to get themselves going before switching to the pitch.


Once there, INAC were the better side, as the girls conceded afterwards.

 

 

As they say though, it has been a wonderful experience. The team has come together, it has performed, it has made new friends, and it has represented Chelsea. The club is proud, and looks forward to the challenges ahead.

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