On the big stage against Barcelona: 'Always something special'
A home match on the big stage! FC Bayern Women host FC Barcelona at the Allianz Arena on Matchday 4 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League group stage on Wednesday evening, 7 December. Kick-off is at 21:00 CET, with the match being streamed live and for free by DAZN along with Web Radio coverage.
FCB Women occupy second place in the group at the halfway point. After wins over FC Rosengård (2-1) and Benfica (3-2) in their first two outings, the Munich girls suffered a 3-0 defeat against Barcelona at Camp Nou two weeks ago despite a strong first-half performance. The Catalans lead Group D with nine points from three games and a goal difference of 16:1.
But Bayern have been in top form lately, especially at home. They haven’t lost any of their six home games in all competitions this season, with their last defeat on home turf coming back in April 2022, when they were beaten 3-1 by VfL Wolfsburg in the DFB Cup semi-finals.
Alexander Straus’ side also go into this match on the back of a win after triumphing 4-0 away to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the league last Friday.
Head coach Alexander Straus: “We’re playing against probably the best team in the world tomorrow. That’s the level we want to get to, though. We know we can hurt Barcelona. We have to take our chances. We’ll have less possession, but when we have the ball we want to hurt them.”
Carolin Simon: “Playing in front of so many spectators at the Allianz Arena is always something special. Of course you’re 100 percent in the zone, but you notice the atmosphere. In a way it’s also a reward for our hard work. We’re looking forward to the game and have big plans.”
Wednesday night will be the fifth battle of the FCBs. As well as the reverse fixture two weeks ago, the two teams met in the semi-finals of the 2018/19 Champions League season, when Bayern narrowly lost 1-0 in both legs.
However, the Bavarians have already tasted success against the Spanish champions this year, winning 2-1 at the AMOS Women’s French Cup in Toulouse in August.
The team news
Karólína Lea Vilhjálmsdóttir (rehab after muscle injury), Hanna Glas (knee surgery), Giulia Gwinn (cruciate ligament tear) and Jovana Damnjanović (muscle strain) remain on the injury list. Linda Dallmann is also ruled out for this match due to a muscle problem.
A large number of fans is expected at the Allianz Arena for the Champions League, so we recommend arriving early. Please do not travel without a ticket, as there’ll be none sold on the door.
If you’ve got a match ticket and would like to delve deeper into the glorious past of FC Bayern before kick-off, you can visit the FC Bayern Museum between 19:00 and 21:00. As part of the ‘Matchday Special’, you also have the opportunity to learn more about the history of the German record champions’ women’s department during a special tour. In addition, you’ll get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet a player from the FC Bayern Women squad between 19:30 and 19:45. The FC Bayern Megastore at the Allianz Arena will also be open.
If you want to cheer on the girls from home, DAZN provide a free live stream. The match will also be covered by FCB Web Radio, while you’ll also get exclusive insights and all the important team news via social media on our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook channels.
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