Something very special awaits VfL Wolfsburg in the semi-finals of the Women’s Champions League. Almost 100,000 fans will descend on Camp Nou this evening – and will primarily support FC Barcelona.
The VfL Wolfsburg women’s footballers do not want to be intimidated by the expected world record crowd at FC Barcelona. “Of course, that can have an influence. But that’s exactly what we experienced players who already know the one or other situation in packed stadiums are there for. We want to take the younger ones by the hand and try to give them a good feeling,” said captain Alexandra Popp ahead of the Champions League semi-final first leg on Friday.
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The defending champions from Spain expect 98,000 spectators at the Camp Nou. That would be more than the 91,553 in the quarter-final against Real Madrid. There have never been so many fans at a women’s match. “I think the game can really be an example for women’s football. There’s going to be a lot, a lot going on tomorrow – at all levels,” said 33-year-old coach Tommy Stroot on Thursday.
Barcelona, with world footballer Alexia Putellas, are already confirmed as Spanish champions. The team has won all 27 league games so far with a goal difference of 146-8. “Barcelona are clear favourites in the games. They are the best club team at the moment,” said Stroot, but with a view to his team’s successes in the top flight against Arsenal and Chelsea and, most recently, FC Bayern, he stressed: “The other side is that we have proved in many, many games what is possible.
Wolfsburg, who are on course for the Bundesliga title and are in the DFB Cup final, could even achieve the treble this season. They had already triumphed in the top flight in 2013 and 2014. For the return match on 30 April in Wolfsburg’s Volkswagen Arena, Popp is hoping for 20,000 visitors. The best attendance for a Wolfsburg home match is 12,464.