Chelsea captain Cezar Azpilicueta says the club's failure to capitalize on their lead against Arsenal cost them the FA Cup title on Saturday night.
The Blues led the Gunners after just six-minute thanks to Christian Pulisic's goal, but a double from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the north London club the title in a 2-1 win.
The Spaniard conceded the penalty through which the Gunners equalized, and his night got even more frustrating after he was forced off with a hamstring injury.
Speaking after the game, the defender reflected on their impressive start, and what could have been done were they to lift the crown.
"It’s painful and a tough one to take," said Azpilicueta. "Obviously, when you lose a final, it’s always painful.
"We started the game well and scored an early goal which normally gives the confidence to build on but we didn’t capitalize on it. We dropped our level a little bit and we were punished,"
"When you score an early goal, you have control of the game," he explained. "We had a couple of chances after that to make it 2-0.
"It’s a final and we knew that we were playing against a side that have good attacking players and they can be dangerous. After this, we couldn’t get into our game as we wished,"
The loss also came at a cost as the captain, Pulisic, and Mason Mount will miss next week's Champions League match away to Bayern Munich.