Interview

Second time lucky

After heartbreak in the 2020/21 semi-finals, Jordyn Huitema heads into the new season with an aura of confidence as she chats to Champions Journal about the group stage, Paris and the city’s unrivalled fanbase

How would you rate Paris’ performance in the Champions League last season?

I’d say that we started off very well and we were dominating teams. COVID threw a little twist where we couldn’t play the second leg of one of our games, so that was a little bit different. But we adapted well. The Lyon game [in the quarter-finals] was something that we dreamed of as a team, and we were excited because we knew that at some point we’d have to beat them, whether it was in the quarters, the semis or the final. Obviously getting the win over them was incredible. Then, against Barcelona [in the semi-finals], it was a disappointing result for us.

What do you think went wrong?

We went in expecting a little bit more from ourselves. I feel like we had more to give. Coming out of the game we were all just disappointed, not because we lost but because we knew we could do more. It felt like we were missing something, but we didn’t know what it was. It was like a piece of our identity was missing, which was hard – almost harder than losing after you play really well.So we could have beaten them and had we done that, we could have gone all the way, which would have been amazing. But, looking back, we’ve progressed; in every Champions League [season] that I’ve been part of with the team, we’ve gotten better and better. So I’m hoping that this season we win it.

Barcelona Femeni defeated Paris Saint-Germain Féminine in the Champions League 2020/21 semi-finals.

How would you rate Paris’ performance in the Champions League last season?

I’d say that we started off very well and we were dominating teams. COVID threw a little twist where we couldn’t play the second leg of one of our games, so that was a little bit different. But we adapted well. The Lyon game [in the quarter-finals] was something that we dreamed of as a team, and we were excited because we knew that at some point we’d have to beat them, whether it was in the quarters, the semis or the final. Obviously getting the win over them was incredible. Then, against Barcelona [in the semi-finals], it was a disappointing result for us.

What do you think went wrong?

We went in expecting a little bit more from ourselves. I feel like we had more to give. Coming out of the game we were all just disappointed, not because we lost but because we knew we could do more. It felt like we were missing something, but we didn’t know what it was. It was like a piece of our identity was missing, which was hard – almost harder than losing after you play really well.So we could have beaten them and had we done that, we could have gone all the way, which would have been amazing. But, looking back, we’ve progressed; in every Champions League [season] that I’ve been part of with the team, we’ve gotten better and better. So I’m hoping that this season we win it.

Barcelona Femeni defeated Paris Saint-Germain Féminine in the Champions League 2020/21 semi-finals.
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Are you excited about the return of Paris fans?

One of the reasons I came to this club was because of the fans. They create such an incredible atmosphere to play in; I don’t think they realise how much of a role they play in really pushing us to the next level. Hopefully we can get more of them into the stands and hearing those chants again would be amazing. It’s been empty without them, for sure.

What’s life like in the French capital?  

Yeah, it’s beautiful. The city is beautiful, first of all. I think it was a little bit weird last year, given that COVID shut down a lot of things here, a lot of the restaurants. Everything was pretty shut down, it didn’t feel like I was inParis. It felt like I was just in the middle of nowhere because I wasn’t doing anything. But this season has been different because things are opening backup. It’s nice to be able to just go out to the mall and things like that, or just live your daily life like normal, like a 20-year-old kid. The club is amazing and the training field is beautiful. I love training on this field andI feel like the team’s really coming together.

What’s your favourite place in Paris?

I love walking around the Champs-Élysées and going down the streets. Not even buying anything – just kind of walking down the streets, seeing some of the performers and maybe grabbing a little bit of food, sitting outside on the restaurant balconies. It’s really nice to walk and see the city.

How would you rate Paris’ performance in the Champions League last season?

I’d say that we started off very well and we were dominating teams. COVID threw a little twist where we couldn’t play the second leg of one of our games, so that was a little bit different. But we adapted well. The Lyon game [in the quarter-finals] was something that we dreamed of as a team, and we were excited because we knew that at some point we’d have to beat them, whether it was in the quarters, the semis or the final. Obviously getting the win over them was incredible. Then, against Barcelona [in the semi-finals], it was a disappointing result for us.

What do you think went wrong?

We went in expecting a little bit more from ourselves. I feel like we had more to give. Coming out of the game we were all just disappointed, not because we lost but because we knew we could do more. It felt like we were missing something, but we didn’t know what it was. It was like a piece of our identity was missing, which was hard – almost harder than losing after you play really well.So we could have beaten them and had we done that, we could have gone all the way, which would have been amazing. But, looking back, we’ve progressed; in every Champions League [season] that I’ve been part of with the team, we’ve gotten better and better. So I’m hoping that this season we win it.

Barcelona Femeni defeated Paris Saint-Germain Féminine in the Champions League 2020/21 semi-finals.
Second time lucky
Interview

Second time lucky

After heartbreak in the 2020/21 semi-finals, Jordyn Huitema heads into the new season with an aura of confidence as she chats to Champions Journal about the group stage, Paris and the city’s unrivalled fanbase

How would you rate Paris’ performance in the Champions League last season?

I’d say that we started off very well and we were dominating teams. COVID threw a little twist where we couldn’t play the second leg of one of our games, so that was a little bit different. But we adapted well. The Lyon game [in the quarter-finals] was something that we dreamed of as a team, and we were excited because we knew that at some point we’d have to beat them, whether it was in the quarters, the semis or the final. Obviously getting the win over them was incredible. Then, against Barcelona [in the semi-finals], it was a disappointing result for us.

What do you think went wrong?

We went in expecting a little bit more from ourselves. I feel like we had more to give. Coming out of the game we were all just disappointed, not because we lost but because we knew we could do more. It felt like we were missing something, but we didn’t know what it was. It was like a piece of our identity was missing, which was hard – almost harder than losing after you play really well.So we could have beaten them and had we done that, we could have gone all the way, which would have been amazing. But, looking back, we’ve progressed; in every Champions League [season] that I’ve been part of with the team, we’ve gotten better and better. So I’m hoping that this season we win it.

Barcelona Femeni defeated Paris Saint-Germain Féminine in the Champions League 2020/21 semi-finals.
Penalty Pedigree

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How would you rate Paris’ performance in the Champions League last season?

I’d say that we started off very well and we were dominating teams. COVID threw a little twist where we couldn’t play the second leg of one of our games, so that was a little bit different. But we adapted well. The Lyon game [in the quarter-finals] was something that we dreamed of as a team, and we were excited because we knew that at some point we’d have to beat them, whether it was in the quarters, the semis or the final. Obviously getting the win over them was incredible. Then, against Barcelona [in the semi-finals], it was a disappointing result for us.

What do you think went wrong?

We went in expecting a little bit more from ourselves. I feel like we had more to give. Coming out of the game we were all just disappointed, not because we lost but because we knew we could do more. It felt like we were missing something, but we didn’t know what it was. It was like a piece of our identity was missing, which was hard – almost harder than losing after you play really well.So we could have beaten them and had we done that, we could have gone all the way, which would have been amazing. But, looking back, we’ve progressed; in every Champions League [season] that I’ve been part of with the team, we’ve gotten better and better. So I’m hoping that this season we win it.

Barcelona Femeni defeated Paris Saint-Germain Féminine in the Champions League 2020/21 semi-finals.
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Are you excited about the return of Paris fans?

One of the reasons I came to this club was because of the fans. They create such an incredible atmosphere to play in; I don’t think they realise how much of a role they play in really pushing us to the next level. Hopefully we can get more of them into the stands and hearing those chants again would be amazing. It’s been empty without them, for sure.

What’s life like in the French capital?  

Yeah, it’s beautiful. The city is beautiful, first of all. I think it was a little bit weird last year, given that COVID shut down a lot of things here, a lot of the restaurants. Everything was pretty shut down, it didn’t feel like I was inParis. It felt like I was just in the middle of nowhere because I wasn’t doing anything. But this season has been different because things are opening backup. It’s nice to be able to just go out to the mall and things like that, or just live your daily life like normal, like a 20-year-old kid. The club is amazing and the training field is beautiful. I love training on this field andI feel like the team’s really coming together.

What’s your favourite place in Paris?

I love walking around the Champs-Élysées and going down the streets. Not even buying anything – just kind of walking down the streets, seeing some of the performers and maybe grabbing a little bit of food, sitting outside on the restaurant balconies. It’s really nice to walk and see the city.

How would you rate Paris’ performance in the Champions League last season?

I’d say that we started off very well and we were dominating teams. COVID threw a little twist where we couldn’t play the second leg of one of our games, so that was a little bit different. But we adapted well. The Lyon game [in the quarter-finals] was something that we dreamed of as a team, and we were excited because we knew that at some point we’d have to beat them, whether it was in the quarters, the semis or the final. Obviously getting the win over them was incredible. Then, against Barcelona [in the semi-finals], it was a disappointing result for us.

What do you think went wrong?

We went in expecting a little bit more from ourselves. I feel like we had more to give. Coming out of the game we were all just disappointed, not because we lost but because we knew we could do more. It felt like we were missing something, but we didn’t know what it was. It was like a piece of our identity was missing, which was hard – almost harder than losing after you play really well.So we could have beaten them and had we done that, we could have gone all the way, which would have been amazing. But, looking back, we’ve progressed; in every Champions League [season] that I’ve been part of with the team, we’ve gotten better and better. So I’m hoping that this season we win it.

Barcelona Femeni defeated Paris Saint-Germain Féminine in the Champions League 2020/21 semi-finals.
Penalty Pedigree

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