Quarters come to a close!
Tonight is a huge night for the Women’s Champions League, as the quarter finals draw to a close.
PSG vs Chelsea- 18:00
1st Leg (0-2)
Tonight’s game will take place at Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, where Chelsea will take a 2-0 lead into the second leg against Paris Saint-German. With goals from Erin Cuthbert and Hannah Blundell at Kingsmeadow, the girls have an advantage for tonight’s game and will go in with full force. Chelsea will however have to go forth without Cuthbert as a result of suspension, meaning a recall for Fran Kirby may be on the cards, who came on and assisted both goals in the first leg as a super substitute. Emma Hayes (Chelsea Ladies manager) told BBC Sport “I wouldn’t say we were comfortable,” and that she expects “to go through some difficult moments” within the game. The winners of this tie will see either Wolfsburg or current holders Lyon in the semi-finals. Chelsea women are expecting a hostile environment tonight and have not issued any special travel advice to their supporters, despite a coach full of PSG fans being turned away from Kingsmeadow in the first round as a result of a police search revealing weapons and Class A drugs on board.
Photo credit: BBC
Wolfsburg vs Lyon- 17:15
1st Leg (1-2)
Whilst there are no French teams left in the Champions League and Europa League, it is now up to the ladies to bring something home. The first leg match saw Lyon win at the Groupama Stadium 2-1 and must maintain this lead under the threat of Wolfsburg in tonight’s game. Despite their lead, Lyonnaises should look to score in Germany and give themselves a little more air to breathe. The team go into it quite confident but know that there will be difficult periods throughout the game against a very strong Wolfsburg. Reynald Pedros stated that “It was important to identify the mistakes made in the first leg, we unfortunately conceded on set pieces.” Both Lyon and Wolfsburg will do everything they can to try and qualify and I have a feeling that Wolfsburg will try and take revenge for last year’s Champions League final where they lost out to Lyon. Lyon and Seattle Reign player Jess Fishlock stated “I think it’s the biggest test we have had all season, it is going to be one hell of a game and I’m very excited for it. Lyon, winners of five finals in eight years, including the last three, and Wolfsburg, winners in 2013, 2014 and runners-up in 2016 and 2018 are both among the favourites to win the tournament, so tonight’s game will be epic.
LSK vs Barcelona- 17:30
1st Leg (0-3)
Barcelona have one foot in the last four as a result of Toni-Duggan’s brilliant performance and 2 goals, helping them to overcome Norwegian side LSK Kvinner 3-0 in the first leg. Barcelona started on the front foot, perhaps due to them being buoyed by their win over Atletico Madrid in a sold out Wanda Metropolitano. The Champions League is very special and is something Barcelona are working hard for. Whilst Barcelona didn’t add to their tally, an away goal tonight could mean that they had booked their place in the last four for only the second time in the clubs history. Barcelona are currently on a 5 game winning streak and even though they may not be the biggest favourite to win the entire competition, I am definitely expecting them to reach the semi-finals without any issues. The winner of this game will play either Bayern Munich or Slavia Praha.
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Bayern vs Slavia Praha- 18:30
1st Leg (1-1)
Now, this will quite possibly the most interesting game off all tonight. The Czech side will head to the German city level at 1-1, after the first leg in Prague was played in front of the biggest crowd fir a Women’s Champions League game in the Czech Republic. Both teams are eyeing their first ever semi-final in the competition and therefore, I will be happy seeing whichever team going forward, as a semi-final position is a testament to them in itself. Slavia have previously fallen to Barcelona, Rosengard and Wolfsburg in Europe, so I’m hoping they come out in full force and with determination, making for a great game. The winner of this game will either play Barcelona or LSK in the Semi-final stage.
Photo credit: UEFA
Tonight’s games will be full of talent, as we see a wide range of players who will feature in the Women’s World Cup for their national teams in June, I am excited to see the level of talent on display and I hope the ladies will impress.