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The women's team are all set to start another European adventure - PHOTO: Víctor Salgado

The ladies’ A team kick off their UEFA Women’s Champions League campaign on Wednesday at 6.30 PM CET against SK Slavia Prague in the round of 16. Managed by Xavi Llorens, this is their third appearance in the competition, and striker Vicky Losada says that to win “we’ll need to avoid contact, play our game, get the ball down the wings quickly and try to score to make the return leg more comfortable.” That second leg will be played on Wednesday October 15 in the Miniestadi.

Laura Ràfols continues that “a lot of the Slavia players are in the Czech national side and we know they work very hard. We have to take things one game at a time … In our first year it was difficult to play in both the Liga and the Champions League, but this year we know how important it is to win at home and enjoy playing in Europe”.

Xavi Llorens has compared Slavia to Danish side Brondby, who they played last year, but feels that “Slavia have less quality although they are more intense. We have to play two or three touch football … They’re a very tough team. We will have to get things right to make sure we have things decided before the second leg and can continue making history … We have to show that our bad play on Saturday, even though we beat Sant Gabriel, was just an accident”.

Barça are one of the seeds for the first time ever this year, and if they win they’ll face the winners of Raheny United (Ireland) and Bristol Academy (England). They are currently fifth in the domestic championship with three wins and a defeat. Slavia are top of their national league with all 18 points from their first six games. Last Saturday they thrashed Hradec Králové 10-0.


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