This Sunday is a crucial one for the club. Three games will take place, including Barça’s game against Celta and the subsidiary’s promotion play-offs against Murcia. Yet let us turn our focus to an even more important game, and that’s the final of the Women’s Champions League, where Barça Femení will face Chelsea.
Two years after a bitter 4-1 defeat on the biggest stage of European football, Barça are determined as ever. This is a different side which has done wonders from the moment that Lluís Cortés took over. It has not been plain sailing by any means; the quarter- and semi-final were extremely difficult, especially the latter, where Barcelona Femení came up against PSG, who knocked out the mighty Lyon earlier in the tournament. Yet now it’s all about the final, where the slightest of details may have a serious impact on the outcome.
Paños; Torrejón – Guijarro – León – Ouahabi; Bonmatí – Losada – Putellas; Graham Hansen – Hermoso – Martens
There are certainly many doubts as for the starting lineup ahead of the final. Alexia Putellas, a brilliant interior, has been in and out of the team, and it’s down to the medical staff to give her the green light or not. Andrea Pereira, meanwhile, is out with a suspension, which suggests that Patricia Guijarro may have to slot into the centre-back position.
It’s been a bumpy road to the final for Barça Femení. But here we are, presented with the second opportunity of Champions League glory in 2 years. It’s impossible to predict anything whatsoever, as usual in such big games. One thing is certain, though: we do have the quality, it’s all about putting every detail together.