Match Preview: FC Barcelona Femení vs. VfL Wolfsburg Frauen

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Barcelona Femení and VfL Wolfsburg Frauen will meet in the UEFA Women’s Champions League semifinals on Tuesday at Anoeta Stadium. While Barcelona had to sweat before a late goal from Kheira Hamraoui gave them a 1-0 win against Atletico Madrid, Wolfsburg had crushed Glasgow City 9-1 in quarterfinals.

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Overview

This season: P5 W5 D0 L0
Route to semifinals: Mitrovica 15-0 agg (R32), FC Twente 7-0 agg (R16), Glasgow City 9-1 (QF)
Last five matches: WDWDW
Top scorer: Pernille Harder (9)
Last season: Quarter-finals
Champions League best: Winners (2012/13, 2013/14)

Possible line-ups

Barcelona Femení: Sandra Paños; Torrejón, Andrea Pereira, María León, Ouahabi; Caroline Hansen, Hamraoui; Alexia, Lieke Martens; Hermoso; Oshoala.

Wolfsburg Frauen: Abt; Doorsoun-Khajeh, Hendrich, Goeßling, Wedemeyer; Alexandra Popp, Ingrid Engen; Rolfö, Pernille Harder, Svenja Huth; Ewa Pajor.

Head to Head
30.03.14
FC Barcelona Femení – VfL Wolfsburg Frauen
 (UEFA Women’s Champions League)
 0 : 2
23.03.14
FC Barcelona Femení – VfL Wolfsburg Frauen
(UEFA Women’s Champions League)
0 : 3
What to expect?

Barcelona Femení will have to beat a strong Wolfsburg Frauen side to reach the finals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League. The German team has been champions of Europe’s elite women’s club competition in 2012/13 and 2013/14 season. Wolfsburg has won all the five matches on their way to semifinals, scoring a total of 31 goals and conceding just one.

Wolfsburg is known for their counter-attacks, quick ball retrievals, scoring from set-pieces and in putting immense pressure on opponents. Pernille Harder, the top scorer of the German team in the Champions League with nine goals and Ewa Pajor, are the biggest threats to watch out for. Since Wolfsburg play with a lot of pace and intensity, they’re always looking for fouls to score from set-pieces. They are dangerous from set-pieces. Harder is known for scoring from free kicks, from outside the box or from the edge of it. Not just her, Janssen is also excellent with free-kicks. Harder, Fridolina Rolfö,  Ingrid Engen and  Alexandra Popp are excellent shooters, and headers mostly find the target. Wolfsburg uses their flanks for the attack, unlike Barca who builds mostly from the middle through their midfield. Barça will have to be in impeccable consistency defensively throughout the match.

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In order for Wolfsburg to suffocate Barcelona’s midfield, they’ll have to abandon their playstyle and same for Barcelona who is considering to employ a double pivot.

Undoubtedly, Wolfsburg is the big favourites for this Tuesday’s match, but in a single-game tie, anything is possible.

Match Facts
  • Barcelona has not lost since going down to Lyon in last year’s UEFA Women’s Champions League Final.
  • Wolfsburg is chasing their third title and fifth final in eight attempts of UEFA Women’s Champions League.
  • The German team defeated Barcelona in the UEFA Women’s Champions League 2013/14 quarterfinals on their way to retaining the title. This was their last previous meeting.
  • The winner of this semifinal clash will meet Paris Saint-Germain or Lyon in the final in San Sebastián on Sunday.
  • Wolfsburg has scored 14 goals in their last three matches.
  • Wolfsburg is the top-scoring team in Europe with 140 goals and all the players – except for defender Sara Doorsoun – have opened their scoring.
  • Barcelona hasn’t drawn a match in their last five outings.
Quotes from Press Conference
“The team is very prepared to leave the goal at zero in any game. We have a good team and we can face any rival. We have to be true to our style. The team must be daring to exploit our strengths to the maximum.”
– Lluís Cortés
“Wolfsburg are a great team. We have a lot of respect for them. It will be important for us to stay calm and impose our game.”
Caroline Graham Hansen
“Our focus has been to recharge the batteries and be fresher and we’ve taken advantage of the time being outside a bit, fresh air, taking a walk and training, and the team and the players are good, all available, and I think that we have benefitted from the time in the last days to recharge the batteries, now we will take time to focus on the match tomorrow.”
– Stephan Lerch (Wolfsburg coach)
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“Barcelona is a very strong, very powerful team and we will have to play perfectly to eliminate them, but our game should be taken to them, defend well, not make mistakes and capitalise on errors they make, in that we’ve lots of confidence and we are ready, we are ready in the camp to play through to the final.”
– Svenja Huth (Wolfsburg forward)
When and how to watch the match?

United States – CBS All Access –

Austria, Germany, Switzerland – Sport1

Spain – Gol

United Kingdom – BT Sport

Scandinavian countries – ViaPlay

FC Barcelona Femení worldwide kick-off times
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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