It was a heavy loss to bear for Barcelona Femeni in 2019 after they clashed in direction of the defending champions Lyon throughout the UEFA Girls’s Champions League closing in Could 2019. Lyon have been six-time champions on the time (now, seven), and it appeared like a one-sided contest even sooner than the first whistle blew. The top consequence, in the end, was anticipated. Barcelona misplaced the encounter 4-1, thus failing to win their first-ever Champions League title.
Two years on, nearly a similar Barcelona squad has one different chance to boost the celebrated title as they get in a position to face off in direction of Chelsea on Sunday in UEFA Girls’s Champions League 2020/21 closing.
Barca forward Asisat Oshoala, who had started the 2019 closing from the bench, has emerged as a key participant for the employees this season.
Regardless of being injured all through the season, the Nigerian captain has scored 15 aims in 21 Primera Division appearances as she helped her employees to win the title. She has moreover added 4 aims to her tally in eight UEFA Champions League video video games, which makes her a threat throughout the all-important closing on Sunday.
Forward of the final word, Oshoala insists that her side has learnt from the errors they made in 2019, and can’t be repeating the equivalent.
“I feel it’s concerning the expertise. Now we have already got the expertise of how European soccer is, and the way a prime sport like that is being performed. So, I feel we’re going to be higher with our techniques this yr, how we bought out and play, and all the pieces,” she talked about in a response to a query posed by Hindustan Instances all through an worldwide media generally known as organised by FC Barcelona Femeni.
Oshoala was the one Barca participant who had scored throughout the defeat in direction of Lyon two years up to now.
“For us, it was good to succeed in the ultimate in 2019, however we misplaced. Then we picked up our corrections from there, and I feel, come the sixteenth, I don’t assume we’re going to make the identical errors once more. As a result of we have already got realized from the previous,” she extra added.
Barcelona star striker Lieke Martens, who had started the final word two years up to now, extra added that the 2019 encounter has helped the employees in dealing with stress and nerves of a large recreation.
“I feel we have now been actually good the final couple of years, having powerful opponents. All these video games will assist you play within the sport on Sunday,” Martens talked about all through a digital press conference.
“The extra expertise you have got, the higher it’s. With strain, with nerves — all the pieces. I feel it should assist, the ladies will certainly really feel higher having performed a last earlier than. We’ll take any benefit of all the pieces we have now. We’ll see the way it ends, however the feeling within the staff is absolutely good,” she added.
The rivals for Barcelona isn’t an easy one though. Chelsea have clinched their second consecutive Girls’s Tremendous League title this yr, worthwhile 18 video video games throughout the season. The Blues scored 69 aims in WSL this season, and conceded solely 10, with goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger rising as among the many finest avid gamers of the season.
Chelsea’s star strikers Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby have been in good type as successfully, scoring 21 and 16 aims, respectively throughout the English league.
Aside from the WSL title win, Chelsea have moreover obtained the Neighborhood Defend, and Continental Cup, and are moreover throughout the working to win the FA Cup.
Whereas Oshoala acknowledges the power of the opposing employees, she insists Barcelona are centered on their very personal recreation plans and might proceed to play their very personal sort of soccer throughout the closing.
“Yeah, in fact (we’re specializing in Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr), they’re nice gamers. However these will not be simply the 2 solely good gamers within the staff. All of the gamers in Chelsea staff are actually, actually good,” Oshoala talked about.
“However on the finish, we identical to, deal with our personal sport plan, deal with our personal staff. We don’t care what different groups come, we simply need to play our personal fashion of soccer, our personal sport. So, it does probably not matter who’s on the opposite staff,” she signed off.