Lyon vs Wolfsburg: 5 things to look forward to from the Women’s Champions League Final

With the final taking place tonight in Kyiv, Lyon could extend their dominance of recent years.


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It’s not just Real Madrid who are looking to make it a historic three-peat of European titles in Kyiv this week as Lyon take on Wolfsburg in the women’s final.

This is emerging as one of the biggest rivalries in European football and will be the third time in six years that the two teams have met in the final, winning one apiece. 

Both teams outclassed English opposition in the semi-finals, showing that there is some development needed if the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City are to go one step further and challenge the elite teams of European football. 

The best two teams in the competition, this looks set to be an excellent encounter. 

Kick off is at local time 7pm and 5pm GMT. You can watch the action on UEFA.com

Here are five things to look forward to:

  1. 1 Will Lyon's star power further cement their place in history?


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    While it could be Lyon's third Champions League title in a row, it would also be their fifth Champions League win in the last eight years. Coupled with twelve consecutive league titles, it would further establish their status as one of the most dominant and successful sporting teams of all-time. 

    In recent seasons, they've begun an almost Galactico-style policy of adding superstars to the established collective, with Lucy Bronze, Dzsenifer Marozsán and Amandine Henry arriving in recent years.

    It doesn't look to have upset the balance of the team, but this will be the biggest test of their season - Wolfsburg's record has been exceptional on their way to final, defeating Spanish champions Atletico Madrid 15-2 on aggregate, and English champions Chelsea 5-1 in the semi-finals.

    The one question mark about Lyon is if the star-power might detract from the collective balance of their team. If they can answer that question, they might be an unstoppable force for years to come.

  2. 2 England's Lucy Bronze to vindicate her move


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    Lucy Bronze has stated she moved from Manchester City to Lyon to win the Champions League. 

    She justified the move as her sumptuous volley against her former club was the difference between the teams over two legs in the semi-finals. 

    Playing as a wingback for Lyon, she has instantly become one of their most important players. Along with Amel Majri on the other flank, they provide width and allow Lyon to play an expansive style. 

    After recently being voted Women's Footballer Of The Year by the BBC, she said  "I thrive off these opportunities and I really want my hands on the trophy. It's the reason I came here."

    Don't bet against her doing it at the first time of asking. 

  3. 3 A historic venue for a potentially historic achievement


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    While the men's final will be held at the Olimpiyskiy, the women's final will be held in the city's smaller, but more historic stadium. 

    Kyiv's Valeriy Lobanovskyi Stadium is one of the gems of European football. Named after the legendary Ukrainian manager, it was built by the Soviets in 1934 and has been the home of Dynamo Kyiv for decades. They still play most of their matches there.

    Severely damaged during the Euromaidan protests of 2014, it has since been restored to its former glory. Any visitors should be sure to visit the statue of Lobanovskiy and the monument dedicated to the Dynamo players who died in World War II. 

  4. 4 Alexandra Popp and Co. to make this a contest


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    Such is Lyon's dominance that they are so rarely tested in their domestic game. But Wolfsburg have the tools to give them a real challenge as they have shown in their two previous meetings in the final. 

    Two years ago, Lyon were taken to penalties, while in 2013 Wolfsburg came out on top. Winning 1-0, they were the only team to stop Lyon in their last five finals. 

    Alexandra Popp played a vital part in that, and will hope to do so again here. One of the talismanic figures for the German champions, the forward has provided six assists in the Champions League this season as Pernille Harder has taken goal-scoring responsibility. 

    Alongside Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir, the firepower of Wolfsburg should have Lyon worrying. 

  5. 5 Ada Hegerberg is on fire


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    Lyon's Norwegian striker has been in exceptional form this season. With 14 goals in the Champions League alone, she might prove unstoppable for Wolfsburg. 

    Having played a role in Lyon's last two Champions League wins, she has lived up to the early promise when she named UEFA's Best Women's Player in Europe for 2015/16. 

    Still just 22, she could dominate the sport for another decade at least. 

    What do you think? How will the Women's Champions League final go? Let us know by commenting below.

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