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Interview

Final Countdown

We speak to two players who will play an integral part in their respective team’s chances of success in tomorrow night’s Women’s Champions League showpiece

Jennifer Hermoso, Barcelona


You could win your second Champions League; does retaining the title add extra motivation?

It's very difficult to get here, we know it’s more pressure; you feel responsible for making the fans happy. Reaching a final two years in a row has a lot of work behind it. Barça is more involved every year and the players are also more prepared, and we want to be recognised on the world level as we once dreamed – and I think that time is coming.

What was it like to fill the Camp Nou twice on the way to the final, against Real and Wolfsburg?

Because of the pandemic there were no fans, there were no tickets – well, you see that stadium like, “Wow, if one day you could see this stadium full, what would it be like?” And then when the tickets were sold out we said, “This is changing.” To fill the stadium twice… As a player who has experienced it, I will always take it with me, because these are moments that mark your whole life as a footballer.

If you win this final, could it be the beginning of a European dynasty to rival Lyon’s?

It is very difficult to reach the level Lyon has reached, with all the titles they have. Barça has one. I think the path that Barça is taking will be like Lyon’s, but today we want to be Barça: we want not just to win but to win our way – that is what this team conveys. If we win again you could say that Barça are staying on top, so that one day we can become queens of Europe.

What are your thoughts on the final?

They’ve always been the team to beat, but this Barça side is on a really good run. In the end we have to face this game as if it were any other. We know who we are playing against, but we have also faced other teams in 90 minutes, and we have also known how to do it. So Barça can definitely win it, we are going into it with that mentality. There’s no other way to do it.

Ada Hegerberg, Lyon


Another final and a chance for you personally to win your sixth title. It’s huge.

It is huge but I’ve got to be honest: in the present, you don’t even think about it. It’s all about preparing, mentally, physically and tactically; there’s no sense in talking about lifting the trophy before you’re actually in the game and doing the work. But when we’ve got this far, our ambition is clear: to do everything in order to win it again.

And what about your opponents?

They are a very strong team. They’ve had the time to really keep the same players, get to know each other. They play very interesting, possession-oriented football, with a lot of smart movements. Obviously they won – very deservedly – last year, and you can also see that they have been cruising in their league and were very convincing, especially in the first leg, against Wolfsburg. So we’ve got to focus on ourselves and just be tip-top ready to meet them.

And after 14 months out with that injury, how much would it mean to you to win a title again?

I’m trying to keep it down because we all know the importance. What’s important right now is to do well in every training session in order to actually be on top of your game. That’s been my focus ever since I’ve been back as well. I’ve tried to balance it with joy, just enjoying that I’m back, but also with 100% concentration in everything that I do.

What are you most excited about when you think of playing this final?

All emotions at once. It’s a great stadium, it’s a Champions League final, it’s probably going to be packed. It’s a day to celebrate football, to be honest. Sometimes, you’ve just got to lean back, enjoy it, give it all, express yourself on the field and enjoy the ride.

Jennifer Hermoso, Barcelona


You could win your second Champions League; does retaining the title add extra motivation?

It's very difficult to get here, we know it’s more pressure; you feel responsible for making the fans happy. Reaching a final two years in a row has a lot of work behind it. Barça is more involved every year and the players are also more prepared, and we want to be recognised on the world level as we once dreamed – and I think that time is coming.

What was it like to fill the Camp Nou twice on the way to the final, against Real and Wolfsburg?

Because of the pandemic there were no fans, there were no tickets – well, you see that stadium like, “Wow, if one day you could see this stadium full, what would it be like?” And then when the tickets were sold out we said, “This is changing.” To fill the stadium twice… As a player who has experienced it, I will always take it with me, because these are moments that mark your whole life as a footballer.

If you win this final, could it be the beginning of a European dynasty to rival Lyon’s?

It is very difficult to reach the level Lyon has reached, with all the titles they have. Barça has one. I think the path that Barça is taking will be like Lyon’s, but today we want to be Barça: we want not just to win but to win our way – that is what this team conveys. If we win again you could say that Barça are staying on top, so that one day we can become queens of Europe.

What are your thoughts on the final?

They’ve always been the team to beat, but this Barça side is on a really good run. In the end we have to face this game as if it were any other. We know who we are playing against, but we have also faced other teams in 90 minutes, and we have also known how to do it. So Barça can definitely win it, we are going into it with that mentality. There’s no other way to do it.

Ada Hegerberg, Lyon


Another final and a chance for you personally to win your sixth title. It’s huge.

It is huge but I’ve got to be honest: in the present, you don’t even think about it. It’s all about preparing, mentally, physically and tactically; there’s no sense in talking about lifting the trophy before you’re actually in the game and doing the work. But when we’ve got this far, our ambition is clear: to do everything in order to win it again.

And what about your opponents?

They are a very strong team. They’ve had the time to really keep the same players, get to know each other. They play very interesting, possession-oriented football, with a lot of smart movements. Obviously they won – very deservedly – last year, and you can also see that they have been cruising in their league and were very convincing, especially in the first leg, against Wolfsburg. So we’ve got to focus on ourselves and just be tip-top ready to meet them.

And after 14 months out with that injury, how much would it mean to you to win a title again?

I’m trying to keep it down because we all know the importance. What’s important right now is to do well in every training session in order to actually be on top of your game. That’s been my focus ever since I’ve been back as well. I’ve tried to balance it with joy, just enjoying that I’m back, but also with 100% concentration in everything that I do.

What are you most excited about when you think of playing this final?

All emotions at once. It’s a great stadium, it’s a Champions League final, it’s probably going to be packed. It’s a day to celebrate football, to be honest. Sometimes, you’ve just got to lean back, enjoy it, give it all, express yourself on the field and enjoy the ride.

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Jennifer Hermoso, Barcelona


You could win your second Champions League; does retaining the title add extra motivation?

It's very difficult to get here, we know it’s more pressure; you feel responsible for making the fans happy. Reaching a final two years in a row has a lot of work behind it. Barça is more involved every year and the players are also more prepared, and we want to be recognised on the world level as we once dreamed – and I think that time is coming.

What was it like to fill the Camp Nou twice on the way to the final, against Real and Wolfsburg?

Because of the pandemic there were no fans, there were no tickets – well, you see that stadium like, “Wow, if one day you could see this stadium full, what would it be like?” And then when the tickets were sold out we said, “This is changing.” To fill the stadium twice… As a player who has experienced it, I will always take it with me, because these are moments that mark your whole life as a footballer.

If you win this final, could it be the beginning of a European dynasty to rival Lyon’s?

It is very difficult to reach the level Lyon has reached, with all the titles they have. Barça has one. I think the path that Barça is taking will be like Lyon’s, but today we want to be Barça: we want not just to win but to win our way – that is what this team conveys. If we win again you could say that Barça are staying on top, so that one day we can become queens of Europe.

What are your thoughts on the final?

They’ve always been the team to beat, but this Barça side is on a really good run. In the end we have to face this game as if it were any other. We know who we are playing against, but we have also faced other teams in 90 minutes, and we have also known how to do it. So Barça can definitely win it, we are going into it with that mentality. There’s no other way to do it.

Ada Hegerberg, Lyon


Another final and a chance for you personally to win your sixth title. It’s huge.

It is huge but I’ve got to be honest: in the present, you don’t even think about it. It’s all about preparing, mentally, physically and tactically; there’s no sense in talking about lifting the trophy before you’re actually in the game and doing the work. But when we’ve got this far, our ambition is clear: to do everything in order to win it again.

And what about your opponents?

They are a very strong team. They’ve had the time to really keep the same players, get to know each other. They play very interesting, possession-oriented football, with a lot of smart movements. Obviously they won – very deservedly – last year, and you can also see that they have been cruising in their league and were very convincing, especially in the first leg, against Wolfsburg. So we’ve got to focus on ourselves and just be tip-top ready to meet them.

And after 14 months out with that injury, how much would it mean to you to win a title again?

I’m trying to keep it down because we all know the importance. What’s important right now is to do well in every training session in order to actually be on top of your game. That’s been my focus ever since I’ve been back as well. I’ve tried to balance it with joy, just enjoying that I’m back, but also with 100% concentration in everything that I do.

What are you most excited about when you think of playing this final?

All emotions at once. It’s a great stadium, it’s a Champions League final, it’s probably going to be packed. It’s a day to celebrate football, to be honest. Sometimes, you’ve just got to lean back, enjoy it, give it all, express yourself on the field and enjoy the ride.

Final Countdown
Interview

Final Countdown

We speak to two players who will play an integral part in their respective team’s chances of success in tomorrow night’s Women’s Champions League showpiece

Jennifer Hermoso, Barcelona


You could win your second Champions League; does retaining the title add extra motivation?

It's very difficult to get here, we know it’s more pressure; you feel responsible for making the fans happy. Reaching a final two years in a row has a lot of work behind it. Barça is more involved every year and the players are also more prepared, and we want to be recognised on the world level as we once dreamed – and I think that time is coming.

What was it like to fill the Camp Nou twice on the way to the final, against Real and Wolfsburg?

Because of the pandemic there were no fans, there were no tickets – well, you see that stadium like, “Wow, if one day you could see this stadium full, what would it be like?” And then when the tickets were sold out we said, “This is changing.” To fill the stadium twice… As a player who has experienced it, I will always take it with me, because these are moments that mark your whole life as a footballer.

If you win this final, could it be the beginning of a European dynasty to rival Lyon’s?

It is very difficult to reach the level Lyon has reached, with all the titles they have. Barça has one. I think the path that Barça is taking will be like Lyon’s, but today we want to be Barça: we want not just to win but to win our way – that is what this team conveys. If we win again you could say that Barça are staying on top, so that one day we can become queens of Europe.

What are your thoughts on the final?

They’ve always been the team to beat, but this Barça side is on a really good run. In the end we have to face this game as if it were any other. We know who we are playing against, but we have also faced other teams in 90 minutes, and we have also known how to do it. So Barça can definitely win it, we are going into it with that mentality. There’s no other way to do it.

Ada Hegerberg, Lyon


Another final and a chance for you personally to win your sixth title. It’s huge.

It is huge but I’ve got to be honest: in the present, you don’t even think about it. It’s all about preparing, mentally, physically and tactically; there’s no sense in talking about lifting the trophy before you’re actually in the game and doing the work. But when we’ve got this far, our ambition is clear: to do everything in order to win it again.

And what about your opponents?

They are a very strong team. They’ve had the time to really keep the same players, get to know each other. They play very interesting, possession-oriented football, with a lot of smart movements. Obviously they won – very deservedly – last year, and you can also see that they have been cruising in their league and were very convincing, especially in the first leg, against Wolfsburg. So we’ve got to focus on ourselves and just be tip-top ready to meet them.

And after 14 months out with that injury, how much would it mean to you to win a title again?

I’m trying to keep it down because we all know the importance. What’s important right now is to do well in every training session in order to actually be on top of your game. That’s been my focus ever since I’ve been back as well. I’ve tried to balance it with joy, just enjoying that I’m back, but also with 100% concentration in everything that I do.

What are you most excited about when you think of playing this final?

All emotions at once. It’s a great stadium, it’s a Champions League final, it’s probably going to be packed. It’s a day to celebrate football, to be honest. Sometimes, you’ve just got to lean back, enjoy it, give it all, express yourself on the field and enjoy the ride.

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Jennifer Hermoso, Barcelona


You could win your second Champions League; does retaining the title add extra motivation?

It's very difficult to get here, we know it’s more pressure; you feel responsible for making the fans happy. Reaching a final two years in a row has a lot of work behind it. Barça is more involved every year and the players are also more prepared, and we want to be recognised on the world level as we once dreamed – and I think that time is coming.

What was it like to fill the Camp Nou twice on the way to the final, against Real and Wolfsburg?

Because of the pandemic there were no fans, there were no tickets – well, you see that stadium like, “Wow, if one day you could see this stadium full, what would it be like?” And then when the tickets were sold out we said, “This is changing.” To fill the stadium twice… As a player who has experienced it, I will always take it with me, because these are moments that mark your whole life as a footballer.

If you win this final, could it be the beginning of a European dynasty to rival Lyon’s?

It is very difficult to reach the level Lyon has reached, with all the titles they have. Barça has one. I think the path that Barça is taking will be like Lyon’s, but today we want to be Barça: we want not just to win but to win our way – that is what this team conveys. If we win again you could say that Barça are staying on top, so that one day we can become queens of Europe.

What are your thoughts on the final?

They’ve always been the team to beat, but this Barça side is on a really good run. In the end we have to face this game as if it were any other. We know who we are playing against, but we have also faced other teams in 90 minutes, and we have also known how to do it. So Barça can definitely win it, we are going into it with that mentality. There’s no other way to do it.

Ada Hegerberg, Lyon


Another final and a chance for you personally to win your sixth title. It’s huge.

It is huge but I’ve got to be honest: in the present, you don’t even think about it. It’s all about preparing, mentally, physically and tactically; there’s no sense in talking about lifting the trophy before you’re actually in the game and doing the work. But when we’ve got this far, our ambition is clear: to do everything in order to win it again.

And what about your opponents?

They are a very strong team. They’ve had the time to really keep the same players, get to know each other. They play very interesting, possession-oriented football, with a lot of smart movements. Obviously they won – very deservedly – last year, and you can also see that they have been cruising in their league and were very convincing, especially in the first leg, against Wolfsburg. So we’ve got to focus on ourselves and just be tip-top ready to meet them.

And after 14 months out with that injury, how much would it mean to you to win a title again?

I’m trying to keep it down because we all know the importance. What’s important right now is to do well in every training session in order to actually be on top of your game. That’s been my focus ever since I’ve been back as well. I’ve tried to balance it with joy, just enjoying that I’m back, but also with 100% concentration in everything that I do.

What are you most excited about when you think of playing this final?

All emotions at once. It’s a great stadium, it’s a Champions League final, it’s probably going to be packed. It’s a day to celebrate football, to be honest. Sometimes, you’ve just got to lean back, enjoy it, give it all, express yourself on the field and enjoy the ride.

Read the full story
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Jennifer Hermoso, Barcelona


You could win your second Champions League; does retaining the title add extra motivation?

It's very difficult to get here, we know it’s more pressure; you feel responsible for making the fans happy. Reaching a final two years in a row has a lot of work behind it. Barça is more involved every year and the players are also more prepared, and we want to be recognised on the world level as we once dreamed – and I think that time is coming.

What was it like to fill the Camp Nou twice on the way to the final, against Real and Wolfsburg?

Because of the pandemic there were no fans, there were no tickets – well, you see that stadium like, “Wow, if one day you could see this stadium full, what would it be like?” And then when the tickets were sold out we said, “This is changing.” To fill the stadium twice… As a player who has experienced it, I will always take it with me, because these are moments that mark your whole life as a footballer.

If you win this final, could it be the beginning of a European dynasty to rival Lyon’s?

It is very difficult to reach the level Lyon has reached, with all the titles they have. Barça has one. I think the path that Barça is taking will be like Lyon’s, but today we want to be Barça: we want not just to win but to win our way – that is what this team conveys. If we win again you could say that Barça are staying on top, so that one day we can become queens of Europe.

What are your thoughts on the final?

They’ve always been the team to beat, but this Barça side is on a really good run. In the end we have to face this game as if it were any other. We know who we are playing against, but we have also faced other teams in 90 minutes, and we have also known how to do it. So Barça can definitely win it, we are going into it with that mentality. There’s no other way to do it.

Ada Hegerberg, Lyon


Another final and a chance for you personally to win your sixth title. It’s huge.

It is huge but I’ve got to be honest: in the present, you don’t even think about it. It’s all about preparing, mentally, physically and tactically; there’s no sense in talking about lifting the trophy before you’re actually in the game and doing the work. But when we’ve got this far, our ambition is clear: to do everything in order to win it again.

And what about your opponents?

They are a very strong team. They’ve had the time to really keep the same players, get to know each other. They play very interesting, possession-oriented football, with a lot of smart movements. Obviously they won – very deservedly – last year, and you can also see that they have been cruising in their league and were very convincing, especially in the first leg, against Wolfsburg. So we’ve got to focus on ourselves and just be tip-top ready to meet them.

And after 14 months out with that injury, how much would it mean to you to win a title again?

I’m trying to keep it down because we all know the importance. What’s important right now is to do well in every training session in order to actually be on top of your game. That’s been my focus ever since I’ve been back as well. I’ve tried to balance it with joy, just enjoying that I’m back, but also with 100% concentration in everything that I do.

What are you most excited about when you think of playing this final?

All emotions at once. It’s a great stadium, it’s a Champions League final, it’s probably going to be packed. It’s a day to celebrate football, to be honest. Sometimes, you’ve just got to lean back, enjoy it, give it all, express yourself on the field and enjoy the ride.

Penalty Pedigree

Etiam erat velit scelerisque in dictum non. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at. Scelerisque felis imperdiet proin fermentum leo. Nibh tortor id aliquet lectus proin nibh nisl. Nulla at volutpat diam ut venenatis. At urna condimentum mattis pellentesque id nibh tortor id aliquet. Leo a diam sollicitudin tempor id eu nisl nunc mi. Dui vivamus arcu felis bibendum ut. Pharetra convallis posuere morbi leo urna molestie. Adipiscing at in tellus integer feugiat scelerisque. In arcu cursus euismod quis. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at lectus urna duis. Facilisi nullam vehicula ipsum a arcu cursus. At tempor commodo ullamcorper a lacus vestibulum sed arcu non. Ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur adipiscing elit pellentesque habitant. Vitae sapien pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus. Eget nullam non nisi est sit amet facilisis. Ipsum consequat nisl vel pretium lectus quam. Elit sed vulputate mi sit amet mauris commodo quis. Pretium fusce id velit ut tortor pretium viverra suspendisse potenti.

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