Thursday, July 7

Barça meets again with history in Goteborg

  • Two years after the final in Budapest, they are looking to Chelsea for their first European crown and continental support for the club’s commitment to women’s football

  • Alexia and Oshoala, will be doubt until the last minute

  • Lluís Cortés: “The feelings are very different from those in Budapest. That day there was fear and respect for the rival. Now there is confidence, knowing that it will not be easy but that we will have options”

  • Vicky Losada: “It is a responsibility what we can achieve and the image we give to all these girls who dream of winning a Champions League, to be able to be footballers. We will also fight for them until the end”

Goteborg appeared until now in Barcelona’s history as a synonym of unfinished feat. The hat trick from Pichi Alonso Before the Swedish team at the Camp Nou, he made many Catalans cry with joy, he opened the doors of the second final of the European Cup, although the tears would turn into sadness in the final in Seville, postponing the first continental crown to the showcases of the club. Two years after entering the final of the women’s Champions League for the first time, Barça now seeks to redefine the Swedish city and make it remembered as the place where the women’s team achieved its first continental crown. A title that would be the definitive accolade to the club’s determined commitment to women’s football.

The Catalans aspire to succeed to the throne Lyon olympic games, his executioner in the 2019 Budapest final and who chained five continental crowns. The block of Lluís Cortés, which added its second league in a row last week, has become a great in Europe. Since 2017 he has been in four of five semi-finals and two of the last three finals. Against Chelsea (21.00, TV-3, BarçaTV and Gol) he wants to take the step he has pending, a step that would be historic both for the club and for women’s football in Spain, which has grown to unsuspected levels in recent years, with the azulgrana club as a driving force.

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The whole team is convinced that it will be very different from Budapest. “We want to show how much we have improved in the last two years,” said goalkeeper Sandra Paños. Vicky losada, Barça captain, stressed that since 2019 “the working hours have changed, but also the mentality and there is more union.” «The sensations are very different from those of Budapest. That day there was fear and respect for the rival. Now there is confidence, knowing that against Chelsea it will not be easy but that we will have options, “said coach Lluís Cortés.

Oshoala and Alexia, you doubt

In doubt if you can count on Asisat oshoala was added yesterday that of Alexia putellas. Cortés commented on the Nigerian forward that “she is getting better and better”, but that she would decide after training yesterday afternoon “to decide if she is 100% ready to play the game.” Alexia, the second Barça captain and the highest scoring midfielder in the major European leagues, could not finish the session. After jumping to the field outside the group and with a bandage on his left thigh, he had to withdraw with the physiotherapist. Both will be doubtful until the last minute, although nobody wants to lose such a game. Who will not be able to dispute it will be the central Andrea Pereira, sanctioned after seeing the yellow against PSG. His position in the axis of the rear will be occupied by the versatile Patri Guijarro.

Barça will come out true to its offensive style against a solid team on defense and very dangerous on the counter. “Chelsea does not change much whoever he plays against,” Cortés said about the English champion. “It is a team that defends very well and does not need to dominate the game and subdue the rivals to win.” The Catalans will have to be attentive to the strategy plays, which already cost them two goals in the tie against PSG and which is a strong point of the London bloc. “In the final the details will mark a lot, such as the set pieces,” assumed Paños. Losada regretted that, unlike the semifinals, there is no public. «It is a pity that we do not have all the Catalans here, especially the boys and girls who follow us. What we can achieve is a responsibility, the image we give to all these girls who dream of winning a Champions League, of being able to be footballers. We will fight to the end for them too ».

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