San Sebastian (AP) – In the dream final of the Champions League, the soccer women of VfL Wolfsburg can fulfill their dream of the second triple on Sunday (8 p.m. / Sport1) in San Sebastian.
However, the opponent Olympique Lyon is not only the defending champion, but also the favorite. But it is precisely in this constellation that the wolf women see their chance.
THE BALANCE: VfL does not really have fond memories of matches against Lyon. First of all, the Wolfsburg women managed to beat the French women. In the Champions League final 2013 there was a 1-0 victory thanks to a penalty from Martina Müller. Since then there have been nothing but defeats, two of which were particularly bitter. In the final of 2016, VfL lost on penalties, two years later after extra time. Lyon has always been the final destination in the Champions League for the past four years.
THE STAFF: VfL has a strong, well-known team. Olympique Lyon’s is a lot better. The best players in Europe are floundering here. “Olympique is occupied at least twice in every position. And not with extra players, but with top players,” said coach Stephan Lerch. If Pernille Harder, Fridolina Rolfö, Alexandra Popp, Svenja Huth or Dominique Janssen stand out at VfL, you could name 20 names at Lyon. The injured Ada Hegerberg and the suspended Nikita Parris are missing, but the German national player Dzsenifer Marozsan, Wendie Renard, Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir, who played six weeks ago in Wolfsburg, or goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi are among the international stars in women’s football.
THE SHAPE: The shape of the day will decide, all involved are sure of that. VfL closed the season after the Corona break, Lyon only had the semi-finals and finals in the French cup. You could see that from the team at the final tournament. Although they won the matches against FC Bayern Munich (2: 1) and Paris Saint-Germain (1: 0), the absolute superiority of the past was missing. Wolfsburg played a 9-1 win against Glasgow City in the quarterfinals, but was very lucky in the semi-finals with a 1-0 win over FC Barcelona. “We have not shown everything we can here. We can do much better”, said Dutchman Dominique Janssen.
THE TRAINER SAYS: “We are the challengers, but we believe we can. To beat Lyon we need a perfect day. We believe in our strengths and want to emphasize Lyon. Neither team likes it when the opponent builds too much pressure. But we have to use 100 percent of our performance. Winning the Champions League after this very different season would be something very, very big. You can write history, that says enough “, says VfL coach Stephan Lerch , who will leave the club after next season.