The new WSL marketing campaign is simply days away however for Arsenal and Manchester City the main target is elsewhere. First, the pair play first-leg ties within the last Women’s Champions League qualifying spherical with a spot within the new group stage at stake.City are in Spain, the place they face a Real Madrid staff making their debut within the ladies’s competitors. Arsenal meet Slavia Prague at dwelling. Glasgow City are additionally concerned, enjoying Servette in Switzerland tomorrow night.The revamped competitors has been expanded and upgraded. There is even a newly commissioned bespoke anthem, mirroring the Handel adaptation by Tony Britten which is the calling card of the boys’s competitors. More pertinently for homeowners, there’s additionally a brand new centralised TV deal (with streaming platform DAZN), extra entries from the larger leagues, and extra assured matches – in the event that they qualify. Read More Sam Kerr: ‘I got here to Chelsea to problem myself – English soccer is extra tactical than within the US’ Chelsea, final season’s runners-up, obtain direct entry as WSL winners, together with holders Barcelona, and the champions of France and Germany – Paris St Germain and Bayern Munich. Co-incidentally this was final seasons’ last 4. The different dozen groups within the group stage should to qualify.Arsenal, having completed third in WSL, have already been by way of one spherical of qualifying, despatching Okzhetpes, of Kazakhstan, 4-0, and PSV Eindhoven 3-1, in a mini-tournament in Moscow. During this part Celtic, Swansea City, Glentoran and Dublin’s Peamount United – had been knocked out.Now they face Czech runners-up Slavia, grateful to have prevented Lyon, champions for the earlier 5 seasons prior to dethronement final spring – it was a four-to-one likelihood within the draw. Arsenal defeated Slavia 13-2 on mixture two seasons in the past and will anticipate to progress.While having to compete in Europe earlier than the season begins is usually a nuisance, it has given new coach Jonas Eidevall the chance to see his gamers in a aggressive atmosphere earlier than WSL begins. Since Arsenal begin in opposition to Chelsea on the Emirates on Sunday that’s invaluable.
How to watch the UWCL DAZN are streaming the video games on their web site, in addition to on YouTube at no cost as a part of a deal designed at rising audiences for ladies’s soccer. Arsenal vs Slavia Prague – Tuesday 31 August, 7.30pm Real Madrid vs Manchester City – Tuesday 31 August, 8pm
The 38-year-old Swede arrived from Rosengard the place he gained three titles both facet of a spell working alongside Henrik Larsson at males’s membership Helsingborgs. He additionally led Rosengard to the quarter-finals of final season’s Champions League and has recognized the competitors as one Arsenal ought to be aiming to win.“To see if we are able to win the Champions League is likely one of the causes I got here to Arsenal,” he mentioned. “We have an opportunity in opposition to any staff on this planet and are going to do our greatest to seize that likelihood.”In midfield he’s with out Danielle van der Donk, now at Lyon, and the injured Jordan Nobbs, however Mana Iwabuchi, recruited from Aston Villa, has settled shortly. The Japanese already seems to be to be constructing a fruitful partnership with Kim Little and Vivianne Miedema – whose retention was as worthwhile as any switch coup. Arsenal additionally introduced Nikita Parris again to the WSL from Lyon.City, not like Arsenal, had been seeded, however have the more durable draw. Real are in solely their second season beneath the Merengues banner however are intent on making swift progress. A distant second to Barcelona final season they’ve since signed the prolific Esther Gonzalez from Levante. However, influential Swedish midfielder Kosovare Asllani, as soon as of City, is unavailable having contracted Covid-19. City ought to keep away from going out to Spanish opposition for the fourth season in succession although Lucy Bronze, Ellen White and Chloe Kelly are all absent.With their US internationals Rose Lavelle, Sam Mewis and Abby Dahlkemper having all returned to the States City have been busy recruiting. The web has been solid large with internationals from Spain (Vicky Losada, from Barcelona), Jamaica (Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw, from Bordeaux) and Australia (Hayley Raso, from Everton and Alanna Kennedy from Tottenham).Elsewhere former Arsenal coach Joe Montemurro, who started his profession as a participant with Australian membership Brunswick Juventus, can be aiming to lead Juventus of Turin into the group phases for the primary time. They face Albania’s Vilaznia of their first leg tomorrow.