Lluís Cuts ended up satisfied with the game of his players against Atlético de Madrid. He only regretted the lack of success in the final meters, blaming it on the team’s lack of filming. That last hasty pass, a frustrated one-on-one, the necessary finesse when defining …
The truth is that it has been almost six months without competing. The wait has become eternal and returning to the unbeatable feelings prior to the pandemic is not something that is achieved overnight. However, this format of Champions does not wait for anyone, and less if there is one of the greats of European football such as Wolfsburg. It is urgent to regain inspiration in the semifinals tomorrow at Anoeta and for this, some modification is expected in the eleven, also thinking about the potential above the Germans.
He did not play in the quarters as a precaution
Patri Guijarro trained normally before traveling to San Sebastián and is waiting for the start
The possibility of seeing again Jenni Hermoso and Asisat Oshoala together in the starting eleven is less likely. That means delaying the Spanish forward as a false interior to play with full freedom of movement in the area of 10. From there he turned on the light of his team. She produced two sensational space passes missed by the Nigerian and Caroline Graham in heads-up.
Barça’s style is non-negotiable. He will give the ball the prominence it deserves, but against such a powerful opponent physically and who bases his game on quick transitions if he has space it will be difficult to see such an offensive lineup, at least from the start. The logical option would be to provide greater stability in the center of the field. Alexia Putellas is untouchable, so the other two positions will be divided between four players. In addition to her goal, the physical presence of Kheira Hamraoui against such corpulent opponents as Syrstad Engen or Alexandra Popp gives her enough points to repeat from the beginning.
Whether he plays as a midfielder or not will depend on whether Cortés opts for Patri Guijarro. The Mallorcan was not in full condition for the quarterfinal match, although yesterday she trained in Lezama with total normality before leaving for San Sebastián. If you are one hundred percent you never fail on big dates. She would play pivot and Hamraoui a few meters ahead. It is a fundamental piece for her contribution in the start from behind and for her reading of the games. Do not rule out the option of Aitana Bonmatí, associative and fast player in the retreat, and, to a lesser extent, that of the captain Vicky losada, also talented and with a wide background behind her.
On the offensive line Martens and Graham seem immovable, but the breath of fresh air that brought in Mariona Before the mattress set they could be worth it for ownership. The Catalan coach always values his tireless work and would have no qualms when it comes to sitting down one of his two stars. Fewer changes will be a priori in the rear. The only option would be to delay Patri, something that was already seen during the season and also in the second friendly against Montpellier this summer. Together with Sandra Paños, Marta Torrejón, Andrea Pereira, Mapi León and Leila Ouahabi they form the usual defensive line, the same one that played in the final against Lyon the previous year. Contain Pernille-Harder and his entire arsenal will be the new challenge.