Barcelona paves the way
The conquest of the Champions is an incentive for the rest of the Spanish teams and future generations
The conquest of the Champions League by Barcelona puts on the table a management model to be imitated by the rest of Spanish teams. It is about financial investment (the budget for the women’s section is around six million euros), but also resources. The Barça club professionalized its section in 2015 and has been providing more and more resources both to its first team and to its quarry, one of the most prolific on the national scene.. “We have made history for Barcelona and Spanish football. I think we have taken a step forward and it is a moment that we will keep forever. We are pioneers”, highlights Aitana Bonmatí.
Women’s football is increasingly even. Not only for the Champions League, where Barcelona (champion) and Chelsea (runner-up) have ended the dominance of French and German clubs, but also in the leagues of the different countries.. In Spain the dominance of the Catalans is overwhelming, but in other countries we are seeing unexpected surprises: PSG dominate Lyon in France; Bayern over Wolfsburg in Germany; Chelsea had to wait for the last day to win the League against the potential of Manchester City, Arsenal and United … “Winning this final is not the end of the road but the beginning. We are wrong if we believe that everything is done. Starting tomorrow we will start preparing for the next game. We want to win titles “, confirms Lluís Cortés.
The European title won by Barcelona should also be an incentive for all those girls who are starting their sports careers and who can now dream of emulating their references. “I would have liked to win a Champions League when I was five years old, but I had no references and I did not believe it was possible. Now we have opened doors for women, for girls, so that they can see that it can be done. This is not a step forward. giant, it is something more, and that is what makes me happiest about this triumph, “says Vicky Losada.
New format for the next edition
Looking ahead to next season, the Women’s Champions League increases the number of participants and changes the format. Spain is benefited by going from two to three representatives.
Barcelona is directly classified for the group stage (four groups of four teams) for being the current champions -It would also be for being champion of the Spanish League-, phase that will be played from October 5 to December 16. The Second classified (for now Real Madrid) would have to play a preliminary round that is played in a double elimination between August 31 and September 9 and third classified (For now, Levante) would have to play another one that would be held from August 18 to 21.
Later, in a knockout format, the quarterfinals (March 22-23 and 30-31), semifinals (April 23-24 and April 30-May 1) and the final, to be held on May 22 at the Juventus Stadium in Turin.