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UEFA Women’s Champions League Final Preview: Barcelona vs Lyon

Barcelona coach Jonatan Giraldez (coach Barcelona) giving indications Fridolina Rolfo (16 Barcelona).
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The UEFA Women’s Champions League final is set for an epic clash as reigning champions Barcelona face off against their long-time rivals, Lyon. This match, a meeting of two European football giants, promises a tightly contested encounter. Fans can catch the action live and for free on DAZN.com and DAZN platforms.

A Battle of European Giants 

Barcelona, the current title holders, aim to defend their crown against the eight-time champions Lyon. The French side has historically been a tough adversary for Barcelona, boasting victories in the 2019 and 2022 finals, as well as knocking them out in the 2017/18 quarterfinals. This is Lyon’s 11th final since 2010, underlining their dominance in European women’s football. Barcelona, however, are making their fourth consecutive final appearance and their fifth in six seasons, showcasing their recent ascendancy in the competition.

Road to the Final 

Barcelona dominated their group stage, continuing their perfect record of finishing top in all three seasons under the current format. They showcased their resilience by overturning a 1-0 home loss to Chelsea with a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge in the semi-finals. Despite the long-term absence of defender Mapi León, Barcelona’s squad remains confident and determined to give coach Jonatan Giráldez a memorable send-off with another Champions League title.

Lyon, led by Sonia Bompastor, have also been impressive. Bompastor, the only person to win this competition as both a player and a coach, seeks to add another title to her illustrious career. Lyon navigated their way to the final unbeaten, highlighting their strength with victories against Benfica and Paris Saint-Germain. Their remarkable comeback from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 against PSG in the semi-final first leg underscores their tenacity.

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