The UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-finals continue on Thursday as Barcelona welcome Chelsea for the second leg at Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain. The Blaugrana are one goal aggregate above the Blues and are chasing a fourth Championship final. Fans can watch UWCL’s knockout rounds on CBS Sports Golazo Network.
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FC Barcelona: The Catalan side are coming off a 1-0 win in the first leg of the semi-final. They managed to break through early on with a long goal from winger Carolina Graham Hansen in the first five minutes. Barcelona will have to do without standout left-back Lucy Bronze, who is recovering from exploratory surgery on her knee but is still regarded as favorites to win it all. The team is in remarkable form, dominating the domestic league and doing so without two-time Ballon D’or winner Alexia Putellas.
Putellas has been medically cleared to play, but Barca manager Jonatan Giráldez has stated that the staff “will not take any chances if she is not 100%” for the remaining UWCL matches. The midfield trio has been essential to success on the pitch, with Aitana Bonmati able to sit on either side of the center third, and the midfielder has a laser focus on the main prize.
“We are impatiently waiting for Alexia to return, but everyone knows how important the match is to reach our fourth final,” said Bonmati. “It would be great to reach our fourth Champions League final in front of our own fans at Camp Nou. But we can’t get ahead of ourselves. We have a small advantage, but we’re going to win anyway. “
Chelsea FC: Manager Emma Hayes was without defenders Millie Bright and Kadeisha Buchanan for the first leg, although the Blues have enough of Maren Mjelde, Magda Eriksson and goalkeeper Ann Berger-Katrin to take on defensive duties. The curious coach’s decision to keep electric wing forward Lauren James on the bench may have led to fewer touches and time on the ball for the club’s top scorer, Sam Kerr. Kerr had only one shot in the first leg and none from the box.
The team has a chance to shock the tournament with a narrow goal tally in favor of Barcelona, but the team will have to take chances to get on target and the risk will be greater against the Catalans at home.
Chelsea will make a valiant effort, but Barcelona’s ability to tear apart any opponent will take them back to a fourth Champions League final. Choose: Chelsea 1, Barcelona 2.