The 2022/23 UEFA Women’s Champions League group stage continues on Wednesday and Thursday with the second set of games.
We anticipate the best of the action to come.
Paris seeks recovery
Not only did Paris Saint-Germain cross the inaugural group stage last season, they also stayed in a luxury cabin, winning all six games and scoring 25 unanswered goals. But that impeccable record immediately disappeared on Matchday 1, last Thursday, when Chelsea arrived in the French capital and claimed an efficient 1-0 victory.
Now Paris travel to Real Madrid knowing that a defeat, coupled with a Chelsea win against Vllaznia, would leave last season’s semi-finalists six points behind the top two; not irretrievable, but far from ideal. Real Madrid were among Paris’ casualties in last season’s group, with the French side winning 2-0 away and 4-0 at home, although three of those six goals were scored by Marie-Antoinette Katoto, now out. after injury at UEFA Women’s EURO 2022.
Also missing against Chelsea was Lieke Martens, and Paris will be keen to have their star back from an illness in Madrid as she has been forming a formidable attack alongside Kadidiatou Diani, Ramona Bachmann and Grace Geyoro. Real Madrid were forced to work on their opening 2-0 win over Vllaznia in Albania but look like a tough team this season, as Manchester City have already discovered on Matchday 1, and are hoping to have Caroline Weir back to continue to impress. along with Esther González.
French teams suffering home defeats to London clubs was the theme of the first round, and it was played in fortissimo last Wednesday, when Lyon – stripped of injured Ada Hegerberg, Catarina Macario and Griedge Mbock Bathy, among others – began to title defense with a 5-1 defeat to Arsenal. This was comfortably OL’s heaviest European setback and virtually unprecedented since FC Lyon became Olympique Lyonnais in 2004.
Still, a trip to the Juventus Stadium can be a tonic, as it was there in May that Lyon dethroned Barcelona to claim the club’s eighth Champions League title. They also eliminated Juventus in the quarter-finals, although the Italian side started with a 2-1 victory in Turin, before drawing in France.
“We’ve had senior players in the treatment room for many weeks now, but we have a squad available,” said Lyon coach Sonia Bompastor. “We’re not going to find new players in the next few days. We need to regain our confidence mentally and go with ambition to face Juventus and make a performance there to get back in the rankings.”
As for their opponents, they won the opening game 2-0 in Zurich with both goals coming in the last 20 minutes. Having their last two European seasons ended with Lyon, it would be a significant message if Juve can keep the champions behind them in the group, especially as they face a double match with Arsenal when play resumes in late November.
Can Rosengård stop Barça?
Barcelona have signaled their intention to regain the trophy they lost to Lyon last season when they beat Benfica 9-0 in the opening game. Alexia Putellas may be injured and Jenni Hermoso out, but Asisat Oshoala, with two goals, was at his best and Geyse came off the bench for his European debut and quickly scored a double.
Next opponent Rosengård, the only candidate from the competition’s former Nordic heartland, opened the scoring for the entire group stage through Loreta Kullashi but lost 2-1 to Bayern. However, they have shown that it will not be easy for the favorites of the two sections and hope to assert their pedigree in Malmö, having reached the quarter-finals on seven occasions in their various guises (even if that includes a 2016/17 elimination by Barcelona).
When are the rest of the Women’s Champions League group stage games?
Journey 3: November 23/24
Journey 4: December 7/8
Journey 5: December 15/16
6th round: December 21/22
• A calendar coincidence means that all eight matches on Matchday 1 feature teams that have won their debuts and teams that have lost. Perhaps the teams facing the scariest trips are Vllaznia and Zurich, who face Chelsea and Arsenal respectively, both on the rise after their successes in France.
• Benfica achieved perhaps the two biggest surprise results of the 2021/22 group stage, drawing Bayern 0-0 and then beating Häcken 2-1. The “Eagles” welcome the German team again on Thursday, determined to reassert themselves after their humiliation in Barcelona.
Where is the 2023 UEFA Women’s Champions League final being played?
Eindhoven’s PSV Stadium will host the 2023 UEFA Women’s Champions League final on the weekend of 3/4 June.
Opened in 1910, the 35,000-seat PSV Stadium has a long history of hosting major matches, including the 1978 UEFA Cup Finals (second leg) and 2006, the 1988 UEFA Super Cup second leg and three matches in UEFA EURO 2000 .
On 6 April 2018, 30,238 fans at PSV Eindhoven’s home watched the Netherlands defeat Northern Ireland en route to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, a record attendance for any women’s qualifier hosted by UEFA. On 2 June 2019, a Dutch women’s football attendance record of 30,640 saw the Netherlands take on Australia in a stadium friendly.