Barcelona striker, Asisat Oshoala, has revealed that her team will not allow a repeat of their UEFA Women’s Champions League final defeat to Lyon when they take on against Chelsea in Goteburg today.
In May 2019, the Nigeria international made history in Budapest, where she scored Barcelona’s late consolation in their 4-1 loss to become the first African to score in the women’s final of the European competition.
Looking back on her side’s final appearance two years ago, the 26-year-old admitted they have learned from the previous outing and also gained some valuable experience from the defeat to the French giants.
“Now, we have the experience of how European football is and also how a top game like this is played,” Oshoala told Goal.com.
“I think we’re going to be better with our tactics this year, how we go out and play and everything. For us, it was good. We played in the final 2019, we lost and then we picked up corrections from there. “
The Super Falcons has scored four goals so far in the competition this season, including the historic 100th Champions League goal of the Catalans in their history against Machester City in the quarterfinal.
Looking ahead to Chelsea’s showdown, the former Arsenal and Liverpool forward assures that the team will not make the same 2019 final mistakes as she expect a enterprising clash with the English champions.
“Come May 16, against Chelsea, I don’t think we’re going to make the same mistakes again, because we already learned from the past. We are a better team now than we were two years ago, “she continued.
“You just have to expect the proper normal Barca game, the normal proper Barca style. We’re not changing anything. We’re working on our own team. I’m sure Chelsea are working on themselves as well.
“When you hear the name Barcelona, you already know the kind of football the team plays. You already know what to expect. When you hear Chelsea, you already know the kind of football you expect.
“I think it’s going to be a very, very interesting one because both teams have top stars around the world. It’s not going to be a boring match, I promise. ”
Despite missing since PSG triumph due to injury, the reigning African Women’s Footballer of the Year made Llius Cortes’ traveling squad party to Sweden and is likely to get late medical clearance to suit up against Chelsea.
The forward, who has enjoyed incredible campaign for Barcelona this season, scoring 21 goals in all competitions opened up on how she looks to stand out for her team against the Blues.
“I think I’m here because, sure, I’m a good finisher, I finish a lot and my movement in the box, I make sure I time that well,” she noted.
“For me, I can say maybe the finishing or the speed part or whatever might not be the normal style of the team, but in some games, these things are needed and I give it to the team. ”