Chelsea FC Women trip to Sweden to take on Barcelona Women in the final of their UEFA Women’s Champions League at the Gamla Ullevi in Gothenburg on Saturday evening.
The Blues, who reach the final stage of the competition for the first time, heading into the game aiming of defeat Barcelona, who have reached the final once before when they lost 4-1 to Lyon in 2019.
Emma Hayes’ side, who become the second English women’s side to each the Uefa Champions League final after Arsenal, claimed an emphatic 8-0 aggregate win over Benfica in the round-of-32.
The Blues followed up by a 3-0 overall victory against Atletico Madrid in the round-of-16 before seeing of Wolfsburg in quarters-finals with a 5-1 on aggregate.
Despite suffered 2-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the first-leg tie of the semi-final, the restored themselves in second-leg and they overturn the Bavarians with 4-1 to book their place in the final.
The Blues have achieved domestic success since the Champions League semi-final as last week a 5-0 victory over Reading meant that Hayes’s side retained their Women’s Super League title and claimed their fourth league winners’ medals in WSL history.
Barcelona, on the others hand, made it to the quarter-finals after two big victories, the first being an 8-2 win against PSV Eindhoven, followed up by a statement 9-0 aggregate win against Fortuna Hjorring in the round-of-16.
The Catalan giants claimed an emphatic 3-0 lead in the first-leg tie against Manchester City before Lluis Cortes’s side lost 2-1 in the second-leg against the English clubs.
Those results were enough for the Catalan giants to set up a semi-final tie against Paris Saint-Germain, who had recently knocked out five-time reigning Champions League winners Lyon in the quarter-final.
In France the first-leg fixture ended in a 1-1 draw which Barcelona capitalised on on home turf, when a first-half brace from Lieke Martens was enough to seal a 2-1 victory at the Estadi Johan Cruyff in the second-leg in front of a restricted home crowd.
Barca are looking to become the first Spanish side to win the Women’s Champions League and they will be boosted by the fact that they have already retained their domestic league title for the first time since 2015.
Date / Time: Sunday, May 16th, 2021, 8:00pm
Venue: Gamla Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden
Referee: Riem Hussein (Germany)
Forecast: Mild temperatures, Rain likely
On TV: None BT Sport 2 (UK); none (USA); elsewhere
Streaming: BT Sport App (UK); Paramount + (USA) Chelsea’s 5th Stand (International)
Chelsea Women possible starting lineup:
Berger; Charles, Bright, Eriksson, Andersson; Leupolz, Ingle, Ji; Harder; Kirby, Kerr
Barcelona Women possible starting lineup:
Panos; Torrejon, Serrano, Leon, Ouahabi; Losada, Hamraoui, Putellas; Hansen, Hermoso, Martens