Barcelona vs Lyon Women’s Champions League final preview: Where to watch, kick-off time, starting line-ups | UEFA Women’s Champions League
Barcelona will face 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.
Holders Barcelona have come a long way since losing 4-1 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 of 90,000 additional spectators at the Camp Nou. . Captain Alexia Putellas, holder of the main individual awards in women’s football, enters the final leading the race for the top scorer with ten goals.
Lyon’s run was less spectacular but, a year after Paris Saint-Germain ended their five-season quarter-final reign, the competition’s seven-time winners are in an unprecedented tenth final, all since 2010. .
Three years ago they started as warm favourites, but they start in Turin as likely underdogs, albeit with Hegerberg back from serious injury and drawing again, and evergreen captain Wendie Renard has now surpassed 100 competitive appearances and is tied to a new long-term deal, calling out Lyon 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
Last six games: WWWLWW
Last match: Barcelona 2-1 Atlético, 15/05
Where are they: Spanish champions, Copa de la Reina semi-finals
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
The starting formations
Barcelona: Panos; Torrejón, Irene Paredes, Mapi León, Rolfö; Aitana, Patri Guijarro, Alexia; Graham Hansen, Jenni Hermoso, Mariona
Lyons: Endler; Charpentier, Fox, Mbock Bathy, Bacha; Horan, Henri, Macaire; D Cascarino, Hegerberg, Malard
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 UEFA.com’s MatchCentre and on UEFA.tv for all UEFA Women’s Champions League matches, with highlights to follow at midnight CET.
View from the camps
Jonatan Giraldez, Barcelona coach“It’s a game that really excites us because of what it is – the fact that it’s a final, because it’s against Lyon, because it’s a game that really excites you, a game which we are really looking forward to playing. We “We have put all our energy during the season to get to this point, and I hope we are up to it. I think we go into this game feeling good; we are doing very well in the league, Champions League and in the cup, and I think that will be palpable in the game.”
Sonia Bompastor, Lyon coach: “When you think about the reality of this final, Barcelona are starters and you can say that they are the favourites. But Lyon have a lot of experience, we played a lot of finals. I remember that in 2011 and 2012 we were underdogs against German teams who dominated European football at the time; we were able to win and we knew what we had to do to snatch victory.”
Alexia Putellas, Barcelona captain: “It’s very special [to play in a final for my childhood club]. It’s very special for Barca fans. Everyone knows that playing a Champions League final in this shirt is amazing, especially knowing that all the fans are going to support us. We’re going to use all the energy they give us to lift this trophy.”
Wendie Renard, Lyon captain: “We are here to write our own history, not to prove anything to anyone. We are here to write history and win the trophy. We have made our journey, Barcelona too, but there are two teams, a trophy, and I’m hungry to go home with that trophy.”
Irene Paredes, Barcelona defender: “It’s such a special final. They are the two teams that deserve to be in the final, the two best teams in Europe, maybe in the world. It will be a tough game. A lot of Lyon players have won seven titles; we recently won it ourselves and we want to keep it.”
Ada Hegerberg, Lyon striker: “It’s amazing to be back in the final. I spent two years injured and last year if you had told me that I would be in the Champions League final, I would not have believed you. It’s a big day for women’s football. We want to show what we’re made of.”
What will the winners of the 2022 Women’s Champions League final 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 wins 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.