Now that seven-time championis gone, the remaining four clubs in the Women’s Champions League have a chance to win the title for the first time.
None of the semifinalists have everEurope’s premier club competition, and they know a golden opportunity awaits when the first-leg matches kick off on Sunday.
“The development is very exciting to see – it’s not only one powerhouse with,” Bayern Munich midfielder Lina Magull said.
Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain enter as slight favorites over opponents Bayern and. But it’s anyone’s title now.
‘s five-year reign ended last weekend when PSG came from behind in the second leg of the quarterfinals – postponed by more than two weeks because of a COVID-19 outbreak in the squad – to advance on away goals after finishing 2-2.
PSG andhave been runner-up before – the French club twice and the Spanish team once – but neither Chelsea nor Bayern have made it past the semifinals.
coach Lluís Cortés noted on Friday that it’s not just out of the way – two-time champion Wolfsburg is gone, too, dispatched by Chelsea in the quarterfinals.
“It’s significant and very positive because it creates opportunities for otherthe Champions League,” Cortés said.
The Catalan team travels to Paris for the first match, andthe English champions later Sunday. The return matches are a .
An attacking core of Sam Kerr, Pernille Harder, and Fran Kirby gives Chelsea an advantage in most matches.
“There are a lot of international top players playing there,”Jens Scheuer said. “Chelsea, the women’s sector, wants to become a powerhouse in European football, and that’s what they have been , so it will be a great challenge for us. But Chelsea probably – it won’t be any picnic for them.”
Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson’safter picking up an injury a week ago. The Sweden defender didn’t play Wednesday in a 2-2 draw against .
“They are very strong,” Magill said. “They’re very fast, great technique. It’s a complete team. (But) we also have great quality in our ranks.”
PSG can no longer bask in the glow of defeating French rival. brings quality to its attack, led by Jenni Hermoso, the competition’s co-leader with five goals.
must play “very tough defensively to prevent their counterattacks,” she said.midfielder Kheira Hamraoui, who played four seasons at PSG, said her former squad is fast and physical. She and her teammates
Thealso hopes to play in front of 1,000 fans in the return match.
The16 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
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