The Women’s Champions League returned with a bang this week, with a few of the most highly-anticipated clashes of the group levels happening.
After giving Chelsea a severe take a look at in the final spherical, Juventus performed out an exhilarating 2-2 draw with two-time winners Wolfsburg, whereas Lyon, one other former champion, hosted Bayern Munich.
As ever, there was lots to be aware of throughout the eight video games. Here are 5 things we learned… Editors’ Picks
It’s Fleming seasonJessie Fleming performed extra minutes at the Olympic Games in the summer season, serving to Canada win gold, than she did in her first season with Chelsea.
Blues boss Emma Hayes is at all times keen to give new signings time to settle in and, contemporary out of faculty, Fleming was slowly built-in all through the final marketing campaign.
She’s nonetheless not a assured starter, however her involvement has stepped up with the London membership this season and her high quality is shining by in consequence.
A aim and an help in opposition to Servette on Tuesday adopted her successful strike in opposition to Aston Villa on Sunday, taking her up to three objectives and three assists already, regardless of her making solely 4 begins thus far.
Putellas undoubtedly the world’s greatestIt’s awards season. GOAL50 voting is properly beneath approach, to be determined by the followers for the first time, whereas accolades like the Ballon d’Or can be dished out very quickly.
Quite merely, these particular person prizes shouldn’t be going to anybody however Alexia Putellas. The Barcelona star has been thus far forward of everybody else for the previous 12 months that she is on one other planet.
Two objectives on Wednesday in opposition to Hoffenheim – together with a rocket of a free-kick – took the midfielder up to 35 objectives in 52 appearances this calendar 12 months. She additionally arrange Marta Torrejon for Barca’s fourth of the evening to take her assists tally to 26. Nobody can compete with these numbers.
Life in Europe getting powerful for Swedish clubsSweden was as soon as at the very forefront of girls’s soccer in Europe. Its golf equipment had been champions on the continent and its league might boast gamers like Marta.
Things have modified dramatically in recent times, although, as funding will increase in international locations historically extra profitable on the males’s aspect.
Swedish champions Rosengard did not attain the group levels of the Champions League this 12 months, whereas second-placed solely Hacken obtained their first factors on Wednesday, in opposition to a Benfica aspect that’s simply 4 years outdated.
It was a constructive end result and efficiency, however performed amid a backdrop of a few of the group’s greatest gamers making ready to transfer on.
Swedish gamers are in demand throughout the world and its nationwide group will proceed to thrive, however it is going to be attention-grabbing to see how golf equipment reply to the challenges they’re starting to face.
Arsenal’s supposed ‘Miedema-dependence’ fadingThere have been criticisms in the previous that Arsenal rely an excessive amount of on Vivianne Miedema, their serial goalscorer and record-breaker. This season, although, new head coach Jonas Eidevall has started to squash that fable.
Miedema has performed a full 90 minutes on only a few events, so the goalscoring burden has been shared round much more and Miedema even spent the previous two weeks resting after a busy summer season at the Olympics. She returned to the line-up on Wednesday evening, however was not concerned in any of Arsenal’s 5 objectives in opposition to Koege.
That will not be a nasty factor for her. The 25-year-old continues to be one in every of the greatest gamers in the world and enjoying properly for her membership. It is wholesome to see the tasks to rating and create being divided up amongst her team-mates.
With Miedema out-of-contract in the summer season, and no information of a brand new deal but, it isn’t a nasty factor for the group both, given the chance of them quickly shedding their greatest participant.
Bayern ought to present extra beliefGoing into Wednesday’s conflict with seven-time European champions Lyon, Bayern Munich fielded a star-studded XI with loads of nice choices on the bench. But their game-plan didn’t counsel as a lot.
This is a group that was topped German champion final season, reached the Women’s Champions League semi-finals and has each motive to imagine they’ll go toe-to-toe with Europe’s elite. Lyon have defensive accidents which have made them weak, too.
However, Bayern performed on the counter much more than anticipated and succumbed to a 2-1 defeat in France. As properly as their apparent qualities, maybe Lyon’s unbeatable aura nonetheless has an affect on the mentality of opponents, regardless of their trophyless marketing campaign final time period.