Emma Hayes takes charge of a home match for the last time as Chelsea manager this afternoon as the Blues face Bristol City at Kingsmeadow. Here are her final programme notes...

It’s been a difficult week or so for all of us, following our Champions League exit to Barcelona and then a defeat at Liverpool which has taken the WSL title race out of our hands.

It was such a thrill to have a full house at Stamford Bridge for the Barca game, which is something we’ve been building towards for so long.

We really felt your energy throughout the game, and I’m absolutely gutted for you and my players, as I felt some huge decisions went against us.

We then went up to Liverpool knowing we had to win to keep the pressure up in the title race. When you score three goals away from home, you’d usually expect to win.

But you cannot concede four goals in one half, three of them from set-pieces, and expect to come away with three points.

I’m not going to be too harsh on my players. It has been a tough, tough run of fixtures, and we’ve lost so many players to injury, while others are exhausted after having to play so often. When the brain is tired, mistakes happen, and the small details have cost us.

What I will say is that our players have delivered over such a long period of time, and I know how much they wanted to win the title. There’s still a slim chance, and we will keep pushing, of that I have no doubt.

Throughout my time here, the most important thing has always been to represent the badge, and we’ve got three games left where we want to show the best version of ourselves and make sure we take nine points from those matches.

Then we can see where that takes us. But whatever happens, I am certain this team will be in a healthy place in the future.

This is my last home game as manager, as well as a chance for you to say farewell to Fran and Maren, two legends of this football club.

I’ve spoken at length about my time here elsewhere in this programme, but I just want to say what an honour and a privilege it has been to lead this football club.

Thank you for always being behind the team, cheering us on whatever the circumstances, and for making this such a special journey.

I love you all and I’ll never forget you.