The Catalans want to assert 1-1 in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals at the Johan Cruyff
The day of truth has arrived. The Barça This Sunday (12 noon, Barça TV and Esport3) has the second most important event in its recent history. The Catalans aspire to sneak into their second Champions final. In 2009 they played their first final against Olympique Lyonnais, although they had no option whatsoever against the team that has tyrannized the continent in the last five years. The reigning champions yielded their crown in the French quarterfinal match against him PSG. Barça will repeat the final of a couple of years ago if they assert the 1-1 achieved in the French capital against the Parisians.
The Barcelona players are entrusted to Johan Cruyff. A thousand fans will give their encouragement to the players of Lluís Cortés in the Barcelona sports city. “We have to play our game and, especially, have confidence in ourselves and in the whole team,” warned the Catalan coach. Cortés has the doubt of Jennifer Hermoso, top scorer in the League and the Champions League and author of the Barcelona goal at the Stade Georges Lefèvre.
The Barcelona coach said that he will only line up the Madrid striker if she is fully recovered from her right ankle problems, while PSG will not have forward Kadidiatou Diani, who injured her ankle in the second leg, available. of the tie against Olympique de Lyon.
Solid leader of the Primera Iberdrola, with 25 victories in as many rounds and a 17-point advantage (next week it could revalidate the league title), Barça wants to transfer its dominance to Europe.
“We can compete against anyone and, therefore, we can beat PSG. If we do things well, we will have options to overcome this tie. We will have to watch the kickbacks. We have to be as prepared and focused as possible to cut the rapid transitions of the Parisians, “he explained.
Patri Guijarro was convinced that the Johan Cruyff will be “a fort.” “Having the fans will give us extra energy and motivation,” he confessed. The Balearic midfielder, who asked for the first leg in Paris due to the accumulation of cards, is the main novelty of the summoned list. “For me and for the club it would be very special to pass the tie and be in the second final of the Women’s Champions League in the history of our Barça,” he said.
Sweden on the horizon
In case of success, Barça will face the winner of the other tie in the Gothenburg match on May 16, which will also be resolved this Sunday and in which Bayern Munich has an advantage after winning the first leg to Chelsea (2-1). Whatever happens, the competition will have an unprecedented champion in 2021.
One of them will inherit the throne of an Olympique de Lyon who has not only won the last five finals but has also achieved seven of the last 10 titles.
Barcelona: Cloths; Torrejón, Pereira, Mapi León, Leila Ouahabi; Aitana, Guijarro, Putellas; Graham Hansen, Beautiful, Martens.
PSG: Endler; Cook, Paredes, Dudek, Morroni; Geyoro, Formiga, Däbritz; Lawrence, Katoto, Baltimore.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.