FC Barcelona face Lyon in perhaps the most anticipated match in women’s football history in the 2022 UEFA Women’s Champions League final on Saturday at the Juventus Stadium in Turin.
Defending champions FC Barcelona have reached many milestones in 2019 since they lost 4-1 to Lyon in the Budapest final and conceded four goals at halftime, including Ada Hegerberg’s hat-trick. Last season, the Spaniards were up 4-0 at the break in Gothenburg against Chelsea and kept that score to win their first title.
The only time Barça haven’t won a competitive match this season was a 2-0 semi-final rematch defeat at Wolfsburg, but that was after a 5-1 first leg win at the Camp Nou in front of over 90,000 spectators. .
Captain Alexia Putellas, who has also won individual awards in recent months, is at the top of the top scorer rankings in this final (10).
Lyon’s run was less spectacular, but a year after Paris Saint-Germain ended their five-season reign in the round of 16, the seven-time winners have found themselves in the final for the tenth time since 2010.
Three years ago the Lyonnaises were favourites. That may not be the case this year, even as Hegerberg recovers from injury and stays in shape and permanent captain Wendie Renard makes 100 appearances in the competition.
from 2019 to 2022. – Compared to the 2019 final, Lyon’s roster will likely change much more than Barcelona’s, with Caroline Graham Hansen and Irene Paredes being Blaugrana’s main arrivals since this setback. For Lyon, longstandings like Sarah Bouhaddi, Eugénie Le Sommer and possibly Amandine Henry are unlikely to start, while Dzsenifer Marozsán was injured and scored new stars like Christiane Endler, Ellie Carpenter, Damaris Egurrola, Lindsey Horan and Catarina Macario.
Barcelona-OL in Europe
2018/19 final: Lyon 4-1 Barcelona (Budapest)
2017/18 quarter-finals: Barcelona 1-3 Lyon (0-1.1-2)
Last six matches (latest start): VVVDVV
Last game: Barcelona 2-1 Atlético, 15/05
Domestic season: Spanish champions, Queen’s Cup semi-finalists
Last six games: VVVVVV
Last game: Lyon 3-2 Paris FC, 08/05
National season: Women’s Division 1 Leader
Barcelona : Boards; Torrejon, Paredes, Mapi Leon, Ouahabi; Losada, Guijarro, Putellas; Graham HansenHermosoMartens
Lyon: Endler; Carpenter, Renard, Mbock Bathy, Bacha; Henry, Egurrola, Horan; D. Cascarino, Hegerberg, Macario
Where to watch the match?
All matches in this new format from the group stage of the UEFA Women’s Champions League are broadcast live on the DAZN streaming platform in partnership with YouTube.
The YouTube feed will also be integrated into your MatchCentre on UEFA.com and UEFA.tv.
Jonatan Giráldez, Barcelona, coach
This season Lyon have played on several systems with different players in different positions, but I think this club has been a pretty stable XI lately. They know what they want. They deserved to win in the semi-finals against PSG. It will be a good game, it will be a tough and tough challenge, but we will approach it with great confidence.
Sonia Bompastor, Lyon, manager
We know we are going to play against a great team. We have great respect for Barcelona because these girls have many individual and collective traits. I think the team playing the best football today. But that’s not enough to win. We have the qualities to beat this team. We will have to perform very well because Barcelona have proven they can be very strong lately, but we are ready.
Alexia Putellas, Barcelona, captain
Having the opportunity to play in the team of my childhood is a dream. It’s like this isn’t my real life because everything is going better than I could have imagined. And now we have another Champions League final to play, and experiencing it with the fans is something we look forward to.
Wendie Renard, Lyon, captain
Barcelona are the defending champions. A great team with great players. They love to have the ball and they have a philosophy of play, whether women’s team or men’s team, junior or pros, they play the same football so it will be a great team. I hope it’s a grand finale and it’s up to us to challenge them as much as possible and win throughout the match.
What do the winners get?
The mug is 60 cm high, weighs 10 kg and is made of silver. Spiral arms and central trunk symbolize dynamism and strength. The original trophy used for the official final presentation ceremony and other official UEFA-approved events remains the property of UEFA at all times.
The UEFA Women’s Champions League Winners’ Cup, a full-size replica of the trophy, is presented to the winning club.
Forty gold medals are awarded to the winning team and 40 silver medals to the finalists.
The winners will qualify for the 2022/23 UEFA Women’s Champions League group stage if they have not qualified through local competition, as in Lyon and Barcelona.