Sunday , 2 April 2023

Chelsea vs Barcelona in Women’s Champions League final: All you need to know about Barca

Barcelona thrashed Chelsea 4–0 in the Women’s Champions League final on Sunday. It was Chelsea’s first appearance in the tournament’s final, but Barca were looking to make amends to their loss in the 2019 final. If you used your bonus on the Spanish side, you made the right call. So, who are Barcelona’s Women’s team? Read on to find out more.

The Squad Is Mainly Spanish

Out of the 25 players in Barcelona’s Women’s team, only five are not Spanish. Furthermore, 9 out of the 20 Spanish players graduated from the club’s renowned La Masia Academy. The team has the Barcelona style of play instilled in them. Reports suggest that Pep Guardiola influenced key players in the squad during his time at the Nou Camp.

Iniesta, a Barca legend who excelled under Guardiola, claimed that Alexia Putellas, the women’s captain, is a representation of Barca. The captain came through the ranks with Aitana Bonmati and Patri Guijarro. The three have been instrumental to their team’s success thanks to their unique chemistry in the midfield.

Lluis Cortes Was the Team Analyst

Barcelona Women’s Manager Lluis Cortes joined the side as a first-team analyst in 2017. After a short while, he joined the coaching staff and, in 2019, took over from Fran Sanchez as head coach. In the same year, he led the team to their first Champions League final.

He continued developing the team in 2020 when he signed Caroline Graham Hansen. He also brought back Jennifer Hermoso. His enhancements were fruitful as they won the first league title in four years. This year, they took their success a level higher by clinching the Women’s Champions League.

Asisat Oshoala’s Inspiring Journey

Asisat’s family almost drowned on the idea of their daughter becoming a professional footballer. However, she defied all odds and her parents. She started her footballing career playing soccer on the streets of Nigeria secretly. Her breakthrough came when she won the golden boot at the 2014 Under-20 World Cup. She then made a pact with her parents that if she did not succeed as a footballer by the time she was 20, she would go and study Law.

Her talents made Matt Beard take her to Liverpool in 2015, and she was voted BBC’s Women Footballer of the Year in the same year. She now runs a football academy in Nigeria, encouraging young girls to dare to dream big.

A Plethora of Talents in the Squad

Barcelona Women’s team is full of talented players. Their forward Hermoso finished joint top scorer of the tournament with six goals. She is a ruthless goalscorer and has managed 16 goals and 8 assists in all competitions this season. Recently, she became Spain’s all-time leading goalscorer.

Another top talent in the team is Putellas. She is one of the leaders in the team and has scored 11 goals and provided 4 assists this season. All these talents proved to be too much for Chelsea during the final. All eyes are on Cortes to see what other enhancements he will make to the team heading to next season.

Check Also

Antony Gamble Paying Off for Manchester United

Many eyebrows were raised when Manchester United signed striker Antony towards the end of the …

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.