Match Preview: Barcelona Femení vs. Atlético Madrid Femenino

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Barcelona Femení is set to meet Atlético Femenino in the quarterfinals of UEFA Women’s Champions League at San Mamés Stadium which will be the competition’s first all-Spanish clubs tie. After months of uncertainty, women’s football will officially start tomorrow, with the quarterfinals of Europe’s elite women’s club competition. Barcelona Femení has already arrived in Bilbao and is preparing to sneak into the third semifinal of their history.

Lluís Cortés summoned a squad of 25 players for the match except for Andrea Falcón, who will travel without medical discharge. Sara Ismael, the B team player along with Jana Fernández and Bruna Vilamala, has managed to set foot on the squad list. Also, both Marta Torrejón and Ana Crnogorčević, who has recovered from their injuries, has received the medical discharge before travelling to the Basque country.

Overview
Barcelona Femeni
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Previous best: Final (2018/19 season)

Quarterfinal record: W2 L3

Route to Last 8: Reached their fifth consecutive quarterfinal after beating FC Minsk 8-1 on aggregate in the last 16 of Champions League this season

New players: Giovana Querioz, Ana-Maria Crnogorčević, and Cata Coll

Form Guide(all competition): WWWWW

Atlético Madrid Femenino

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Previous best: First quarterfinal

Route to Last 8: Atlético Madrid knocked out Manchester City 2-3 on aggregate in the last 16

New Signings: Turid Knaak, Alia Guagni, Hedvig Landahl, Merel van Dongen, Jade Moore, and Emelyne Laurent.

Form Guide(all competition): LLWWW

Head to Head
07.02.20
 Barcelona Femeni – Atlético Madrid Femenino
(Supercopa Femenina)
 3 : 2
25.01.20
 Barcelona Femeni – Atlético Madrid Femenino
 (Primera Division Femenina)
0 : 0
21.09.19
 Barcelona Femeni – Atlético Madrid Femenino
(Primera Division Femenina)
6 : 1
17.03.19
 Barcelona Femeni – Atlético Madrid Femenino
(Primera Division Femenina)
2 : 0
17.02.19
 Barcelona Femeni – Atlético Madrid Femenino
(Copa de SM La Reina)
0 : 2
Squad List
Barcelona Femeni squad list. Torrejón and Crnogorcevic have received medical discharge. Falcón will also travel with the team, but without medical clearance.
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Atletico Madrid Femenino squad list
Expected Lineup

Barcelona: Sandra Paños; Marta Torrejón, Andrea Pereira, Mapi León, Leila Ouahabi; Patri Guijarro, Jenni Hermoso, Alexia Putellas; Caroline Graham Hansen, Asisat Oshoala, Lieke Martens.

Atlético Madrid: Hedvig Lindahl; Alia Guagni, Merel van Dongen, Aissa Tounkara, Carmen Menayo; Turid Knaak, Jade Moore, Amanda Sampedro, Ángela Sosa; Emelyne Laurent, Toni Duggan.

Match Facts
  • Barcelona Femeni has been taking part in this competition since its debut in 2012-13 season, now qualifying for the quarterfinals for the fifth consecutive year. Their best result was in last year when they reached the final after beating Bayern Munich in the semifinals.
  • Atleti Femenino, who appointed Dani González as their head coach of the season in January. Atlético which had the history of beating Barcelona in the Primera Iberdrola title race in 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 season but, has ultimately fallen short in this season’s title race.
  • Atleti Femenino failed to beat Barcelona this season having met thrice so far.
  • Last summer former Barcelona Femeni players Andrea Falcón and Jenni Hermoso returned to the club from Atlético, while Toni Duggan went the other way.
  • Last season, Toni Duggan scored for Barcelona in a 2-0 win at Atleti, watched by a world-record women’s club crowd of 60,739 crowds at the Metropolitano.
  • This will be the first all-Spanish tie in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, following previous ones involving English, French, German and Swedish teams.
Quotes from Press Conference
“It’s a Champions League match and that deserves all our energy and effort. The team is very prepared. Luckily a way has been found to finish this competition. We are 100% motivated and we think we have done a good job to get out, win and reach the semifinals. We learned a lot from last season’s final in Budapest. That feeling of frustration after losing has now become a positive force and we’re much better for it. I hope this will help us win tomorrow and be in the semis.”
– Alexia Putellas
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“Despite the casualties, Atlético will make things difficult for us. But whatever they do, we must end up being ourselves. The change compared to last year is very evident from the way we play. The perception is that the players have responded much better this season than the previous one. We are better than last year.”
– Lluís Cortés

Finally, at the end of the press meet, both Alexia Putellas and Lluís Cortés appealed for the support of their fans who gives them so much affection at the Johan Cruyff stadium.

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“Barcelona is a team with a very defined model and style of play with which it has obtained great results this season. We are not going to hide or deny that they’re a very powerful team.” 
– Dani González (Atletico Madrid coach)
Team News

Atlético Madrid was forced to suspend the friendly matches scheduled against Athletic after a COVID positive case was reported in the squad. The bad tidings came a few days later with four more COVID cases being reported, forcing the rojiblanco club to suspend training, leaving the Madrid squad in isolation till last Monday.

Silvia Meseguer, Deyna Castellanos, Charlyn Corral, Laia Aleixandri and Leicy Santos will miss the match after testing positive for COVID-19 while Virginia Torrecilla successfully underwent surgery for a brain tumour in May.

With Lumidla Silva sanctioned for the match against Barça Femení, and without Pauline Peyraud-Magnin and Grace Kazadi, who are not registered for the competition, coach Dani Fernández was left with only 17 players to be added in his squad list.

As the Madrid team lands in Bilbao without playing any pre-season friendly match and with close to little preparation, Lluís Cortés’s side landed after beating Montpellier in the two friendly matches with a scoreline of 3-0 and 6-1 respectively.

Match Prediction

Atletico Madrid Femenino hasn’t had a good record against Barcelona Femeni recently. Considering the Catalan side’s domination over the rojiblancos and unpleasant situation they are facing, it won’t be surprising to see Barcelona dominating the crucial quarterfinal match. I expect a comprehensive 3-0 win for Barcelona at the San Mamés Stadium.

When and how to watch the match?

United Kingdom – BT Sport 3

United States – CBS All Access

Spain – Gol

Nordic countries – Viaplay

Brazil – ESPN

Portugal – Eleven Sport 2

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Here are the worldwide kick-off times

You can also watch the match live from Barça TV +, Barça TV, or UEFA.tv App

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