Chelsea FC vs Barcelona predictions: Where the Women’s Champions League Final will be won and lost

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Chelsea and Barcelona face off on Sunday for the chance to lift the Women’s Champions League and seal sporting immortality.

Having already won the Women’s Super League and League Cup, Emma Hayes’ Blues are on the verge of a quadruple with the Champions League and FA Cup still to play for - and they will follow in the footsteps of Arsenal’s 2007 legends if they win a European trophy in Gothenburg this weekend.

Standing in their way are Spanish giants Barcelona, who walked the title this season winning all 26 games with a goal difference of +123 - so Chelsea must be at their best to lift the ultimate prize in women’s European club football.

Here are some of the key tactical battles and talking points ahead of the final...

Undisputed No1

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Hayes claims that Ann-Katrin Berger is the best goalkeeper in the world — and she has played a key part in Chelsea’s run to the final.

How vital were her two penalty saves in the first leg of Chelsea’s round-of-16 tie against Atletico Madrid?

Chelsea won that game 2-0, thanks to Berger’s heroics, and the tie 3-1 on aggregate.

They haven’t looked back since.

Dynamic duo

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Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr provide Chelsea’s cutting edge. Kerr’s 21 goals saw her top the WSL’s scoring charts, while Kirby’s 16 underlines what a devastating duo they are.

They will be the players Barca will have to tame if they are to triumph against Hayes’ side on Sunday.

Good luck with that.

Barca’s one to watch

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Jenni Hermoso is an absolute goal machine — and her statistics make for incredible reading.

Since rejoining Barcelona in 2019, the Spaniard has scored 53 goals in 56 games, with 27 in 26 appearances this season.

Often operating as a false nine, she is the greatest threat to Chelsea’s hopes of glory.

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