The Barça ladies on Tuesday at the Ciutat Esportiva

The Barça ladies on Tuesday at the Ciutat Esportiva. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

European football is back at the Miniestadi this Wednesday evening as the FC Barcelona women’s team, winners of the Spanish league and cup double last season, begin their UEFA Women’s Champions League campaign against Danish side Brondby. There is free entry to the stadium for anybody, the match kicking off at 7.00 PM (Barça TV, fcbarcelona.com), for that promises to be a highly entertaining evening for Barça and football fans in general.

This is the second time Barça have appeared in the tournament. Last season they made their debut, losing 7-0 on aggregate to eventual semi-finalists Arsenal in the first round.

“The Champions League is for me and the whole team a reward for winning the league. We have to treat it as a special honour and enjoy it as much as we can” said midfielder Virginia Torrecilla on Tuesday.

“These are very special days. This is a unique opportunity for us, and for all girls that play football, especially the younger ones who are just starting out. We hope they come to watch us and enjoy a nice football match because that way we can gain some new fans” said Melanie.

Sweet moment

The team coached by Xavi Llorens are on fine form right now after winning their five opening league matches to top the table. They also ended last season with a run of 13 consecutive victories.

“This is a sweet moment for the team. We are very excited about the possibility of getting through the first round. We believe in the team” said Virginia. And her team-mate Melanie added that “we learned from last year’s experience, we are very competitive and we want to qualify for the next round, although we know we are up against a quality opponent”.

Xavi Llorens is going into the game with only two injuries to worry about, those to Carol and Willy.

Contrasting styles

In theory, tonight’s game will be a clash of two different styles. Xavi Llorens likes to base his team on the typical FCB system of ball possession and moving the ball around on the ground, while the Danes are likely to go for a more direct approach.

“The Danish girls are strong in defence and we think they’ll wait for us and try to hit us on the counter attack. We also have to be careful with dead ball situations. If we can control those facets of the game, then we have a chance of getting a good result”, commented Melanie.

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