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Barcelona vs Arsenal: Women’s Champions League – LIVE!


Barcelona are the current holders, having thrashed Chelsea with a 36-minute four-goal blitz in last season’s showpiece in Gothenburg to win the tournament for the first time and end Lyon’s reign of dominance.

Lluis Cortes’ formidable side also triumphed in all but one game en route to easily winning the Primera Liga last term, while they have made a dominant start domestically this year too, winning all five of their opening matches, scoring 35 goals in the process and conceding just one.

A significant test lies in store for Arsenal tonight, but the visitors are also in sparkling form ahead of the Group C opener.

Under new head coach Jonas Eidevall, the Gunners have won all nine of their fixtures across all competitions so far this season and are similarly scoring for fun – so a goal-fest likely awaits in Catalonia tonight.

Follow Barcelona vs Arsenal LIVE with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below!

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Tonight’s setting

Barcelona are expecting a full capacity crowd of around 6,000 at the Johan Cruyff Stadium tonight.

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Barcelona team news

Official lineups to come very shortly, but Sandra Panos, Jenni Hermoso, Leila Ouahabi and Andrea Pereira are all back in training for Barcelona, who are only missing midfielder Andrea Falcon as things stand.

The excellent Hermoso being available is a huge boost to the hosts.

Barca absolutely dominated Uefa’s Player of the Year awards after their triumph last season, with Putellas winning the main prize ahead of Hermoso and Martens.

Uefa will hand out those trophies before kick-off tonight.

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Eidevall: Barcelona are the best but don’t scare us

Despite Arsenal’s scintillating form, Eidevall is aware of the scale of the task facing his team tonight in only their second European campaign in eight seasons.

While he acknowledges that Barcelona – with a star-studded lineup containing the likes of Jenni Hermoso, Lieke Martens and Alexia Putellas – are the best team in Europe, he is also confident that the Gunners can compete and exploit any errors.

“I’m really looking forward to the challenge, with no fear at all,” said Eidevall. “I have belief in this team. It’s important to emphasise Barcelona is the best team — and I mean team in capital letters, the way they are playing and especially in offence.

“This is what drives us, to see how good we can be and how close we are to the best in the world.

“We are confident we can compete and that’s the mindset we have, to do our best. We know it’s a very good team we are playing against but they’re human, just like we are.

“They will make mistakes just like we will. It’s a very good team but they are also beatable.”

Tough task: Arsenal face last season’s winners Barcelona

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But Arsenal have also started life under Swede Eidevall – hired over the summer as the replacement for the departing Joe Montemurro – exceptionally well, winning all nine of their matches across all competitions so far this term.

The Gunners have also scored 35 times, topping the WSL – beating both reigning champions Chelsea and thrashing last year’s runners-up Manchester City – and advancing through to the FA Cup semi-finals with another demolition of rivals Tottenham.

They also thrashed Slavia Prague 7-0 on aggregate to book their place in the new 16-team Champions League group stage, with the great Vivianne Miedema bringing up her Arsenal century in the 4-0 second-leg win in the Czech Republic.

They also beat PSV Eindhoven and FC Okzhetpes of Kazakhstan earlier in qualifying.

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Tonight’s contest in Catalonia pits two of Europe’s most in-form teams against each other.

Barcelona are the current Champions League holders, having thrashed Chelsea 4-0 in last season’s final in Gothenburg following five straight years of Lyon dominance.

They also only failed to win one game en route to winning the 2020/21 Primera Liga title by a whopping 25 points, while this season they have won all of their first five league matches, scoring 35 goals and conceding just once in the process.

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Arsenal team news

Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall has almost a fully-fit squad to choose from for tonight’s high-profile showdown.

Danish defender Simone Boye Sorensen is still sidelined, while Swiss midfielder Malin Gut is recovering from the ruptured anterior cruciate ligament she suffered in training towards the end of last season.

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How to watch Barcelona vs Arsenal

This season, DAZN is now the home of the Women’s Champions League.

All matches throughout the tournament can be viewed live for free via DAZN’s new Women’s Champions League YouTube channel.

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Welcome!

Good evening and a very warm welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of the opening night of the new-look 2021/22 Women’s Champions League.

This evening our focus in on the headline tie at Johan Cruyff Stadium, where two in-form, free-scoring teams collide as holders Barcelona meet Arsenal in Group C.

Stay tuned for match build-up, latest team news and live game updates after kick-off, which tonight is at 8pm BST.


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