Barca look to end Lyon's domination of Women's Champions League

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Published on May 17, 2019 - Duration: 01:13s

Barca look to end Lyon's domination of Women's Champions League

Olympique Lyonnais will try to hold off Barcelona and take a fourth straight title at Saturday’s Women’s Champions League final


Barca look to end Lyon's domination of Women's Champions League


(SOUNDBITE) (French) OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS COACH, REYNALD PEDROS, SAYING (APPROXIMATE TRANSLATION): "This is also a motivation, not having scored a goal for some time, it is fine with us.

We are not worried.

The Barcelona team has a lot of strength, and defence.

We will do our best to score and win the game." 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (French) OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS CAPTAIN, WENDY RENARD, SAYING (APPROXIMATE TRANSLATION): "Obviously, we are more experienced than Barcelona but as I said a final is played on the pitch so even though you won a number of titles in the past it does not mean it will be easier.

We will try our best.

It is fifty/fifty because tomorrow it's a match, it's a final, everybody will want to win it.

Everybody wants to secure the trophy so we want to respect them and the best way to respect them is to play our game and start at 300%." STORY: Women's football giants Olympique Lyonnais face a strong challenge to their domination of the Champions League when they take on Barcelona in Saturday's (May 18) final at Ferencvaros Stadium, looking for a fourth straight title.

Lyon, packed with international talent, hold a record five Champions League titles having made the final eight times since 2010.

In contrast, Barca are playing in their first Champions League final after beating Bayern Munich in the last four to become the first Spanish team to reach the final.

Should they triumph, Barca would become the first club to win the Champions League with both male and female teams. The Spaniards play a style of football in keeping with their club's tradition and Lyon coach Reynald Pedros said his team would have to limit their effectiveness in midfield.

The French side start as favourites though with Lyon's sustained investment in the team having built a squad packed with talent and experience.

As well as a strong core drawn from the French national side, Lyon can call on England defender Lucy Bronze and Canada center-half Kadeisha Buchanan.

Japan captain and playmaker Saki Kumagai makes up a strong midfield alongside Germany midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan.

In attack, Lyon can call on one of the very best in the women's game, Norwegian striker and 2018 Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg.

Barca also have plenty of international talent with Dutch forward Lieke Martens and England striker Toni Duggan although they will be without suspended French midfielder Kheira Hamraoui.

Barca's experienced defender Marta Torrejon says the players feel a sense of responsibility after the commitment the club have shown to building the women's team.

This year, UEFA has ended its practice of holding the Women's Champions League final in the same week and city as the men's version with the stand-alone final taking place at the home of Hungarian club Ferencvaros.

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