The Barça-Lyon is repeated but with everything upside down. The Golden Ball, the status of favorite, the best team, the best coach The French club has them. And the results and the titles, naturally, that present an almost unbeatable rival. The footballer girls are waiting for the match – it is not a question of knockout round like the masculine one – with sensations completely different from those felt by men. Opposite.
Olympique comes to the appointment after completing a season of 26 matches with 23 wins and 3 draws, that is, undefeated, and with the League and Cup double in the bag. "We have fulfilled the contract," he said on Wednesday half jokingly Sarah Bouhaddi, the titular caretaker.
Two knockouts lost
The overall trajectory of the French team of the last five years in the League is even more overwhelming: 103 wins in 110 matches, with 6 draws and 1 loss, 551 goals scored by matches (5 on average) and 26 conceded (one quarter of a goal against each match). That defeat occurred on December 17, 2016 in front of Paris Saint Germain. Barça endured the type before such a formidable rival when they crossed in Europe, although succumbed in the two previous qualifiers: tied a game (0-0) and lost by the minimum in the quarterfinals of the Champions 2015-16 (1-0) and succumbed in the two of the semifinal of 2017 (1-3 and 0-2).
The three last final came to the extension and two were decided on penalties
But the distances are shortened when it comes to a final at 90 minutes, maybe 120 if the tradition of the last three years in which there was extension and two batches of penalties. Lyon have won the last three, so the club, in short, faces the three-time continental champions, who have in their ranks the best player in Europe, Ada Hegerberg, and the best coach in Europe, Reynald Pedrós, at the Golden Ball gala. The OL is obviously the leader of the European ranking, while Barça is the third.
Double the budget
The budget of the French club approaches the 8 million euros annual, double that of Barça. "The four semifinalists of the Champions League were all from the main European clubs (OL and Barça, plus PSG and Chelsea.) The final also reflects the determination of Barcelona to be at the highest level," he explained. Jean-Michel Aulas, the president of the club, who will meet again with Josep Maria Baartomeu three months later.
"I'm happy to play against Barcelona, Spanish football is progressing," said Bouhaddi, who shot decisive penalty at the end of 2017. It was no wonder that she was "quite calm" before traveling to Budapest, compared to the stress she must have suffered at that time.
"The Barcelona is stronger than in previous years and has signed well ", recognizes Majri
13 Leagues in a row
"Barcelona are stronger than in previous years and have signed well, use the ball well and it will not be easy, we will have to make a great game to win again," he said. Amel Majri, midfielder, and he had no qualms about saying that the Champions "is the main objective of each season. "France has become too small, it no longer motivates them: they have chained the last 13 titles. Uninterrupted since 2006. The Cup has been his for seven of the last eight years, with the only exception last year.
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