Paris Saint-Germain host FC Barcelona in the semi-final first leg of the Women’s Champions League.
The meeting promises to be thrilling. After eliminating Olympique Lyonnais, seven-time European champion, in the quarter-finals, Paris Saint-Germain receives FC Barcelona this Sunday, April 25 at 3:00 p.m. in the semi-final first leg of the Champions League. The Parisiennes will have to take the advantage if they wish to hope to win their ticket for the final. Here are five numbers to know before this confrontation.
This is the point in common. Paris Saint-Germain and FC Barcelona have never won the Women’s Champions League. However, the two teams have already found themselves very close to this goal. Twice for PSG who reached the final in 2015 and 2017. The first time, the Parisiennes fell in front of Frankfurt (1-2). They failed to do better in 2017, against their French rival, Olympique Lyonnais, and lost on penalties.
For its part, Barça found itself only once in the final of the European competition, in 2019. Here again, the Catalans stumbled against Lyonnaises at the time unplayable, and saw their hopes soar with the score of 4-1. The Lyon ogre fallen, the two clubs can now believe a little more in the coronation this season.
This double confrontation promises a good poster since it sees two teams currently leaders in their respective championship oppose each other. With 72 points and 17 lengths ahead of his pursuer, plus two games late, Barça is almost sure to be crowned for the sixth time in its history after having achieved a season for the perfect moment since the club does not count any defeat in the First Division. He can also boast of having by far the best attack in Spain with 125 goals in 24 matches.
In France, Paris is also on the top step of the podium with 49 points. But the players of Olivier Echouafni must remain cautious if they wish to win a first title in D1 because the Lyon rival is only four small points and has one game less. One thing is certain, the Parisiennes have their destiny in their hands and will have to win the last four matches, including the one against OL, to hope to win the holy grail after several years completed in second place.
In the number of direct confrontations, the French club has the advantage. Out of the four meetings between the two teams, PSG won three times. The last victory dates back to 2017, during the semi-finals of the Champions League. The Parisiennes had taken the ascendancy by winning 3-1 in Barcelona before confirming by winning 2-0 at the Parc des Princes. In 2016, PSG also eliminated the Catalan club in the quarter-finals after a 0-0 draw in the first leg and a narrow 1-0 victory in the return leg.
Whenever PSG crossed paths with Barcelona, they have always managed to qualify for the rest of the competition at the expense of the Catalan club. Bodes well for the hope that the capital club can eliminate the Spanish team for the third time …