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Barcelona vs Lyon Women’s Champions League final preview: Where to watch, kick-off time, possible starting line-ups | UEFA Women’s Champions League

Barcelona vs Lyon Women’s Champions League final preview: Where to watch, kick-off time, possible starting line-ups | UEFA Women’s Champions League

Barcelona take on Lyon in the 2022 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final on Saturday at the Juventus Stadium in Turin in what is perhaps the most anticipated game for any women’s club.

Barcelona starters have come a long way since 4-1 loss to Lyon in the Budapest 2019 final, when they conceded four including a hat-trick from Ada Hegerberg before half-time. Last season they were leading 4-0 at the break in Gothenburg against Chelsea and held on to that scoreline to win their first title.

The only time Barca failed to win a competitive game this season was the 2-0 loss in their semi-final second leg at Wolfsburg, which they started 5-1 after a spectacular performance in front of more than 90 000 spectators at Camp Nou. . Captain Alexia Putellas, holder of the main individual awards in women’s football, begins the final in front of the Top scorer race with ten goals.

Lyon's road to the Women's Champions League final


Lyon’s road to the Women’s Champions League final

Lyon’s run has been less spectacular but, a year after Paris Saint-Germain ended their five-season quarter-final reign, the seven-time competition-record winners are contesting an unprecedented tenth final, all since 2010. Three years ago they started hot favorites but they start in Turin as likely underdogs, albeit with Hegerberg back from serious injury and drawing again and evergreen captain Wendie Renard now past 100 competitive appearances and tied to a new long-term deal, striking Lyon out in any game has been pretty dumb for over a decade.

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Compared to that 2019 final, the Lyon side are expected to be much more changed than Barcelona’s, with Caroline Graham Hansen and Irene Paredes being the main Blaugrana arrivals since that setback. For Lyon, longtime stalwarts like Sarah Bouhaddi, Eugénie Le Sommer and possibly Amandine Henry are unlikely to start, while Dzsenifer Marozsán is injured, making way for new stars like Christiane Endler in goal, Ellie Carpenter, Damaris Egurrola, Lindsey Horan and Catherine Macaire.

Barcelona vs Lyon in Europe

Final 2018/19: Lyon 4-1 Barcelona (Budapest)

Quarter-finals 2017/18: Barcelona 1-3 aggregate Lyon (first leg 0-1, return 1-2)

First team named at home in first leg and away

Form Guide

Barcelona's road to the Women's Champions League final


Barcelona’s road to the Women’s Champions League final

Barcelona
Last six games: WWWLWW
Last match: Barcelona 2-1 Atlético, 15/05
Where they are: Champions of SpainQueen’s Cup semi-finals

Lyons
Last six games (most recent result first): WWWWWW
Last match: Lyon 3-2 Paris FC, 08/05
Where they are: 1st in Women’s Division 1

Possible starting compositions

Barcelona: Cloths; Torrejón, Paredes, Mapi León, Ouahabi; Losada, Pebble, Putellas; Graham Hansen, Hermoso, Martens

Lyons: Endler; Charpentier, Fox, Mbock Bathy, Bacha; Henry, Egurrola, Horan; D Cascarino, Hegerberg, Macaire

where to watch

Every match of this season’s new version of the UEFA Women’s Champions League, from the group stage onwards, was streamed live in most territories on the DAZN streaming platform, in conjunction with YouTube. The YouTube stream will also be integrated into the UEFA.com Match Center and on UEFA.tv for all UEFA Women’s Champions League matches, with highlights to follow at midnight CET.

View from the camps

Hegerberg's Lyon goals this season


Hegerberg’s Lyon goals this season

Jonatan Giraldez, Barcelona coach: “This season, [Lyon] I’ve tried different formations, with different players in different positions, but I think they’ve had a fairly stable 11 lately. They know what they want. They deserved their victory in the semi-final against PSG. It will be a good game, hard and very competitive, but we will go into it with a lot of confidence.”

Sonia Bompastor, Lyon coach: “We know that we are going to play against a great team. We have a lot of respect for Barcelona because they have a lot of qualities individually and collectively. I think that today it is the team that plays the best football “But it’s not enough to win. We also have qualities on our side to beat this team. We will have to perform very well on our side because Barcelona have proven recently that they can be very strong, but we are ready.”

Alexia Putellas, Barcelona captain: “Having the opportunity to play for the team of my childhood is like a dream. It’s like it’s not my real life because everything is going better than I could have imagined And now we have another Champions League final. It was another dream after winning it, and experiencing it with the fans is something we look forward to. The whole season has been a dream. “

Wendie Renard, Lyon captain: “[Barcelona are] the holders. It’s a great team with great players. They like possession and have a philosophy of play. Whether it’s the women’s team or the men’s team, the youth or the pros, they play the same football, so it’s going to be a great team. I just hope it’s going to be a good final, and it will be up to us to challenge them as much as possible and be winners during the game.”

What will the winners of the 2022 Women’s Champions League get?

The trophy is 60cm tall, weighs 10kg and is made of sterling silver. The spiral arms and the central body offer a vision of dynamism and strength. The middle column is engraved with the names of the winners, representing the rise to the top of European women’s club football.

The original trophy, which is used for the official presentation ceremony during the final and at other official UEFA-approved events, remains in the custody and property of UEFA at all times. A full-size replica of the trophy, the UEFA Women’s Champions League Winners’ Trophy, is awarded to the winning club.

The winning team receives 40 gold medals and the second 40 silver medals.

The winners secure a place in the group stage of the 2022/23 UEFA Women’s Champions League, if they did not qualify through their domestic competition.

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