Cheat sheet of FC Barcelona-Olympique Lyonnais final: Like lions

Game: Possession of barren ball against quick shots

Aggression, unwavering determination and an irrepressible urge to hurt from the very beginning: Basically, Amandine Henry’s (5th) brilliant opener perfectly portrayed the Lyonnaise match. They wasted no time and with too much verticality, they instantly damaged their opponents. The phenottes made the big difference by going through the wings and without hesitation to call Ada Hegerberg at first intent. They abused the long game a bit in the second half, but obviously we’re not going to use that against them.

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On the opposite side, FC Barcelona held the ball as usual. However, the Catalans seem very often borrowed, and the technical waste they show, crucially, has prevented them from posing a permanent danger to Christiane Endler’s cage. The Blaugrana edition logically intensifies throughout the second act. But this offensive-defense sequence proved hopelessly unproductive for the actors of Jonatan Giraldez.

Cast: Hegerberg on duty, Paredes on apnea

How could he miss? In her first C1 final since 2019 – she later scored a hat-trick against the same Barça (4-1) – Ada Hegerberg assumed the status of a world-class forward and put all her weight into this match (one goal, one assist). Her deal with Selma Bacha, who was indefensible on her left, ignited. Delphine Cascarino also kept her place on the right, while Amandine Henry-Lindsey Horan duo dominated the midfield. Only once, caught after an error by Kadeisha Buchanan (41st), OL defenders kept up with the situation.

Ada Hegerberg

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The same cannot be said for his colleagues in Barcelona. They were tormented by the vigor and strength of the opposing aggressors. Like Irene Paredes, who went through an ordeal in the first period. The former Parisian was not helped by his usually late teammates Mapi Leon and Marta Torrejon. If she had rekindled the tension shortly before the hiatus, Alexia Putellas didn’t have the expected impact in this finale. Jennifer Hermoso was absent and was replaced by Asisat Oshoala at halftime.

X factor: In a few centimeters…

It could have been an extraordinary goal, it could even have been the best of this 21st season of the Women’s Champions League. But it will remain a crazy gesture that has no effect on either the score or the face of the match. Seeing Christiane Endler advancing, Patricia Guijarro attempted a crazy lob from the middle circle. The Chilean goalkeeper, who was probably too short, was saved by the crossbar (58th place). In a few centimeters, this finale could therefore be completely restarted.

The tweet that testifies to a formidable complicity

Statistics: 6

Olympique Lyonnais has won six of their last six Women’s Champions League finals. Did you say winning culture?

Description: Wendie Renard (on DAZN’s mic)

We have shown that we want to regain this title. We didn’t want to show anything, we just wanted to win. I said before the game, we’ve talked enough, it’s time to act. We just want to continue to write our history as a collective. We must not forget that many play their first final as a starter. We must go on like this, let’s keep humility. We didn’t deserve to pass last year and we wanted to go until the end of this year.

Question: Has OL laid the foundations for a new hegemony?

For five years it was very simple: on the European stage Lyon was ahead and the others were behind. From 2016 to 2020, President Jean-Michel Aulas’ apprentices have won five consecutive Champions League titles with an often surprising feat and a stark margin of competition. And then there were the hiccups of 2021. OL, who was dominated by PSG in the quarterfinals (1-0, 1-2) and stole the show of the league, followed the final between Barcelona and Chelsea from afar. Is it the end of an era? Maybe. The fall of a giant? Definitely not.

Throughout the season and until this Saturday, the Fenottes have shown brilliantly that we need to keep counting with them. Of course, the landscape of women’s football has changed a lot over the past decade. Besides Paris, other great powers have emerged in Spain (FC Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid), England (Chelsea, Manchester City) and even Italy (Juventus Turin). The formula for C1 has evolved to approach the formula for men. Competition is more intense, we cannot complain. Winning continental championships will only be sweeter.

To do this, Sonia Bompastor seems to have all the cards in her hand. Ada Hegerberg, who started with a trump card to mark her return to the top by taking advantage of the Turin meeting. We’ll also note the rise in power of the training center’s new nuggets, especially Melvine Malard and Selma Bacha, and that’s probably even more important. If we add managers that still perform well (Amandine Henry, Wendie Renard), we get a workforce that still has a very bright future ahead. And who has the necessary assets to start a new hegemony.

Olympique Lyonnais won the Champions League final against FC Barcelona.

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