Women’s Champions League Final – Victory at Last?

The Women’s Champions League Final sees first-time finalists and WSL Champions Chelsea take on the inform Barcelona Femeni. This is one Champions League final you will not want to miss. 

Chelsea and Barcelona both have never won the competition before. This will be Chelsea’s first-ever final with this being Barcelona’s second. Chelsea are on their way to the famous Quadruple, with two trophies already being won this season, the Continental Cup, and the WSL. Chelsea have a chance to do a Double in the Champions League this season, as the men’s team are also in the Champions League Final. If both men and women’s teams win, it will be the first time in the competition’s history. This year’s final is being held in Göteborg at the Gamla Ullevi Stadium. 

Women’s Champions League Final: Form Guide 

Chelsea 

Last Five Results: D-L-W-W-W 

Chelsea’s previous five results have been mixed, with three wins, one draw, and a defeat. The loss happened in the first leg against Bayern, but a 4-1 win came in the second leg against Bayern, sending Chelsea to the final. Even though the most recent win, despite the large score line, was not the most ideal performance and may have shown Barcelona any potential gaps, it still helped to us winning the WSL title last Sunday.  

Everyone believed the draw against Manchester City was the most important game of the season, then the two legs against Bayern, but this final is without a doubt the most important game in the club’s history, let alone this season. Despite some inconsistencies in past performances this season, I believe we have the team to beat Barcelona this Sunday. The entire team, as well as the coaching staff, are prepared for the final. 

Barcelona 

Last Five Results: D-W-W-W-W 

Barcelona’s previous five results are excellent, with only one draw in their past five games, which happened in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against PSG. They defeated PSG 2-1 in the second leg, scoring two impressive goals from Lieke Martens.  

Their last game vs Granadilla was a small 1-0 win, but they also won their league on Sunday the same day as Chelsea. Their celebrations were jumping into a pool in Spain, in the sunshine compared to Chelsea’s in not so sunny London, involved plenty of streamers, champagne and chocolate.  

Women’s Champions League Final Predicted Line-Ups 

Chelsea  

On Sunday, we should expect the same lineup as this one. With some formation changes with Kerr starting upfront instead of Harder. The only absentee is Maren Mjelde, who is out for the rest of the season due to the bad injury she picked up in the Conti Cup Final. Chelsea have no other injuries or suspended players for this final and with how Jess Carter has been playing since Maren got injured, we should expect to see her start.  

Emma made three changes from the first leg to the second with Eriksson coming back into the defence so Ingle replacing Guro so she could move back into midfield with Ji and Leupolz (Jinglepolz). As usual Chelsea has a strong bench with many options and players who can change the game whenever Emma sees fit. With players such as Guro Reiten, Erin Cuthbert and Bethany England who can come on and make a quick impact.  

Chelsea FC Predicted Lineup.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Berger; Charles, Eriksson, Bright, Carter; Ingle, Leupolz, Ji; Harder, Kirby, Kerr 

Barcelona 

Barcelona like Chelsea have a large squad depth, which has served them well in all competitions this season. It will be a good match up to see two teams who have quality in all positions in their squad.  

Barcelona made only one change from their first leg vs Paris Saint Germain with Gujarro coming in for Hamraoui. We should expect to see similar lineups from either of their semi-final legs. Their front three of Hansen, Hermoso and Martens will provide a huge threat for our backline and Berger but Chelsea also has a quality front three which will test them back. Although Asisat Oshoala has recovered from her injury, she is unlikely to start in this game. Andrea Pereira is suspended, and Jana Fernandez could replace her against Chelsea Women. 

FC Barcelona Predicted Lineup.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Panos; Ouahabi, Leon, Fernandez, Torrejon; Guijarro, Bonmati, Putellas; Hansen, Martens, Hermoso 

Head-to-Head  

The only previous meeting between the two teams was a friendly fixture at the Miniestadi, Barcelona in August 2018, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Chelsea’s equaliser goal came in extra time, thanks to Karen Carney. 

Martens has been labelled as the “Female Messi” but then we have Fran Kirby who has been labelled as “Mini Messi” so it will be interesting to see them both play in the same game. 

Chelsea vs Barcelona: Matchday Details 

  • Date: Sunday, 16 May 2021 
  • Kick off time: 8:00 BST 
  • Where: Gamla Ullevi Stadium, Goteborg 
  • Referee: Referee: Riem Hussein; Assistant Referees: Katrin Rafalski, Sara Telek; Fourth Official: Katalin Kulcsar; Reserve Assistant Referee: Julia Magnusson; Video Assistant Referee: Bastian Dankert & Assistant VAR: Christian Dingert.  
  • The Women’s Champions League final will be covered live on BT Sport app, website and for free on their YouTube Channel in the UK. 

COYB!

Can Chelsea win the Women’s Champions League Final?
Chelsea’s squad have shown real togetherness this season. Image Credit: Dave Shopland/REX/Shutterstock.

Written by Meg Aherne (@meggaherne)


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