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Barca look to end Lyon's domination of Women's Champions League

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Barca look to end Lyon's domination of Women's Champions League

Barca look to end Lyon's domination of Women's Champions League

Olympique Lyonnais will try to hold off Barcelona and take a fourth straight title at Saturday’s Women’s Champions League final

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Barca look to end Lyon's domination of Women's Champions League

RESENDING WITH CORRECTED TRANSLATIONS SHOWS: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (MAY 17, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (French) OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS COACH, REYNALD PEDROS, SAYING: "If they didn't get goals for a long time, well, all the better.

It will be up to us to find the faults, to be super effective, so no it's not an added worry.

We know that Barcelona is a team with a lot of strength, offensively and defensively.

You've informed me that there have been no goals for some time, but well all the better.

We will do our best to score and win this game." 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (French) OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS CAPTAIN, WENDY RENARD, SAYING: "I think things are changing.

In any case, in terms of experience, it's sure that compared to the Barcelona team, we are more seasoned.

But as I said a final is played on just a rectangular pitch, so even though you've won a number of titles in the past it does not mean you enter the field and it will go well on its own.

We must make the effort, put in all the ingredients.

And this is why I say it's 50-50 (chance) because if you begin a football match, more so a final, everybody will be hungry and would want to win the trophy.

So we must respect this team (Barcelona) and the best way to respect them is to play our game and start at 300%." STORY: Women's football giants Olympique Lyonnais face a strong challenge to their domination of the Champions League when they take on Barcelona in Saturday's (May 18) final at Ferencvaros Stadium, looking for a fourth straight title.

Lyon, packed with international talent, hold a record five Champions League titles having made the final eight times since 2010.

In contrast, Barca are playing in their first Champions League final after beating Bayern Munich in the last four to become the first Spanish team to reach the final.

Should they triumph, Barca would become the first club to win the Champions League with both male and female teams. The Spaniards play a style of football in keeping with their club's tradition and Lyon coach Reynald Pedros said his team would have to limit their effectiveness in midfield.

The French side start as favourites though with Lyon's sustained investment in the team having built a squad packed with talent and experience.

As well as a strong core drawn from the French national side, Lyon can call on England defender Lucy Bronze and Canada center-half Kadeisha Buchanan.

Japan captain and playmaker Saki Kumagai makes up a strong midfield alongside Germany midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan.

In attack, Lyon can call on one of the very best in the women's game, Norwegian striker and 2018 Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg.

Barca also have plenty of international talent with Dutch forward Lieke Martens and England striker Toni Duggan although they will be without suspended French midfielder Kheira Hamraoui.

Barca's experienced defender Marta Torrejon says the players feel a sense of responsibility after the commitment the club have shown to building the women's team.

This year, UEFA has ended its practice of holding the Women's Champions League final in the same week and city as the men's version with the stand-alone final taking place at the home of Hungarian club Ferencvaros.



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