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United Women Discover Champions League
- Updated: September 18, 2023
United Women Discover Champions League Opponents
Manchester United Women’s debut appearance in the Champions League promises to be an exciting and challenging journey, as they have drawn Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the second round. After securing the runners-up position in the previous season’s Barclays Women’s Super League, the team is gearing up for their inaugural campaign in Europe’s premier women’s club competition.
Manager Marc Skinner and his squad are well aware of the significance of this tournament and the level of competition they will face. To progress to the group stage, they must navigate one of the 12 two-legged knockout ties, with the victorious sides earning the right to compete alongside established powerhouses like Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, and Lyon.
The draw has pitted them against PSG, a club with a storied history in women’s football. PSG has consistently been one of the strongest sides in Europe for nearly a decade. In 2021, they ended Lyon’s remarkable streak of 14 consecutive Ligue 1 Feminine titles. PSG has previously reached the final of the Champions League twice, in 2015 and 2017, narrowly missing out on the trophy to Frankfurt and Lyon, respectively.
One interesting subplot to this matchup is the presence of former Manchester United midfielder Jackie Groenen in PSG’s squad. Groenen, who played a pivotal role during her time with the Red Devils, is now a key figure for the French side. Additionally, Aissatou Tounkara, who departed from Manchester United during the summer, is part of PSG’s roster.
The first leg of the tie is scheduled to take place on 10/11 October, with Manchester United Women hosting PSG. This historic occasion will see the English side face the formidable French outfit at their home ground, where they hope to secure a positive result ahead of the return leg.
The return leg in France is set for 18/19 October, and it promises to be a challenging fixture as PSG will have the home advantage. United’s players and staff are fully aware of the significance of these matches and are preparing diligently to face the French giants.
The Champions League draw also revealed other intriguing matchups. In the Champions Path, clubs like Apollon Ladies (CYP), Benfica (POR), Zurich (SUI), Ajax (NED), Roma (ITA), FC Vorskla (UKR), Valur (ISL), SKN St. Polten Frauen (AUT), Slavia Prague (CZE), Universitatea Olimpia Cluj (ROU), Glasgow City (SCO), SK Brann (NOR), and Spartak Subotica (SRB) will compete for a place in the group stage.
Meanwhile, in the League Path, teams such as BK Hacken FF (SWE), FC Twente (NED), Real Madrid (ESP), Valerenga (NOR), Eintracht Frankfurt (GER), Sparta Prague (CZE), Paris FC (FRA), Wolfsburg (GER), and Manchester United Women (ENG) will battle it out for progression.
Manchester United Women’s journey in the Champions League is a testament to the growth and development of women’s football at the club. As they embark on this exciting adventure, they aim to make a mark on the European stage and showcase their talent and determination. The football world eagerly awaits the kickoff of these thrilling encounters, and fans can’t wait to see how the Red Devils fare against PSG and other top European clubs on this remarkable journey.
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By- Sahiba suri