Taking on Barcelona is a daunting task for any team. This is a side that has won four successive league titles, reached four Champions League finals in five years and, this season, was one game away from not suffering a single league defeat. It’s little wonder, then, that they are the favourites for Saturday’s Women’s Champions League final against Wolfsburg.
But their opponents will not be scared of them. Not one bit. After all, this Wolfsburg team is one packed with winners, players who know exactly what it takes to get over the line.
As a club, they last did that in Europe in 2014, coming from 2-0 down against a star-studded Tyreso side to win 4-3. Only Alex Popp, still starting in the forward line, and Merle Frohms, then a back-up goalkeeper and now first choice, remain from the matchday squad for that final. But in Kathrin Hendrich, Pauline Bremer, Marina Hegering, Svenja Huth and Lisa Weiss, they have five more players in their ranks who have won this trophy elsewhere, too.
They’ve certainly got experience and quality aplenty as they look to deliver third UWCL title and a first in nine years. So, how do they take down this brilliant Barca team?