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

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Published on May 17, 2019 - Duration: 00:50s

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

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

SHOWS: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (MAY 17, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) FC BARCELONA MIDFIELDER, LIEKE MARTENS, SAYING: "Playing a final is an amazing feeling.

In 2017, I played one with a big atmosphere, I think I am going to expect that tomorrow as well.

Maybe now we are a bit more the underdog but I like that was well, like people expect Lyon to win but I think they should also count on us.

I think we have a really good team as well, It's an open final, 90 minutes, we are going to see what's going to happen at the end." 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) FC BARCELONA MIDFIELDER, LIEKE MARTENS, SAYING: "I think we are getting closer and closer to the men but of course football and men sports have always been bigger but I think every single step we are getting closer, it's really good for women football, and look how much media there is now, how many people like women football now and how many stadiums are getting sold out.

I am really happy to be part of this, I think the future of women football is only getting better and bigger.

So, I am really happy for that." 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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