Vicky Losada: “Every player on my Barcelona team is a winner”

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Vicky Losada: “Every player on my Barcelona team is a winner”


Vicky Losada lives and breathes Barcelona and is one game away from winning the biggest prize with his childhood club when they face Chelsea in the Champions League final on Sunday. Losada joined Barcelona at 14 and started in the Premier League two years later, his 14 years at the club punctuated by spells at Espanyol, Western New York Flash and Arsenal. She could “talk for hours, days” about the changes she’s seen at the club, but the bottom line is constant improvement. “We haven’t wasted a year; we never took that step back. I think it is very important.

This season everything has clicked, Barcelona have the balance between new players and academy products and play a style of football synonymous with the club. They clinched the league title last Sunday with five games to lose: they played 26 games, won 26, scored 128 goals, conceded five.

“Every player on my team is a winner,” says Losada. “In every training session there is a fight because nobody wants to lose. These things are the results we are getting this year. “

Having said that, it may sound strange but Barcelona were disappointed when Paris Saint-Germain knocked out the starting Lyon from the competition in the quarter-finals. “We really wanted to play in Lyon because for the players who were there in 2019 it was very painful and we learned from it,” explains the midfielder. “You are made of the experiences that you have in your career. We are more ready, if it happens in the first few minutes we are ready to control the game. “

Losada is referring to the 2019 final when Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg scored a 16-minute treble to knock out the Catalan club, who would lose their first final 4-1. It’s a testament to the rapid growth in Barcelona, ​​and Spain in general, that now they seem ready – and capable – to beat any team in Europe.

“We were a different team in 2019, the league was also a different league, we were a very young team. Lyon had a lot more experience in this kind of game than we do. We learned from that day. Right after the game at the airport we spoke with the manager and told him we wanted to train more, we wanted to spend more hours training, we wanted to do whatever was in our hands to be better. Now we are a completely different team and you can feel that in the environment you can feel it in the players, in the locker room. We are now ready for the final. “

Manchester City’s Caroline Weir is challenged by Losada in the second leg of their Champions Leaguw quarter-final. Photographie: Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

It’s been 14 years since a team outside of Germany or France won the Champions League and, with Chelsea and Barcelona in the final, there will be a new name on the trophy. The impact of a victory, in both countries, would be enormous for the development of the game.

“It’s huge,” said the 30-year-old midfielder. “It’s the same when your country qualifies for a World Cup or the Euro, these massive opportunities are the ones that impact the game. Women’s football is growing but it is developing slowly after the pandemic, even more slowly.

“Now that the teams are professional half the league is professional and every time you make a big change like this more girls want to play and they start playing football even younger. I’m sure if we win the Champions League it will have a huge impact.

Quick guide

Women’s Champions League final: meet the teams

Spectacle

BARCELONA
Sandra cloths

Joined Barcelona in 2015 and represented Spain at the 2019 and 2015 World Cups. Adept with the ball at his feet.

Marta Torrejon
Spain’s most capped player retired from international football after the 2019 World Cup. Made his league debut at 14 for Espanyol.

Andrea Pereira
Joined Barca from rivals Atlético Madrid and won two league titles each. Comfortable with both feet.

Mapi Leon
Traded Atlético for Barça for € 50,000, the first paid transfer in the history of Spanish women’s football.

Leila Ouahabi
Product La Maisa performed well in Spain’s narrow 2-1 loss to the United States at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

Aitana Bonmatí
Catalan player of the year 2019, at the youth level, Bonmati won two euros, at the under-17s in 2015 and at the under-19s level in 2017.
Patri Guijarro
The 22-year-old has played 82 times for Barca and won the Golden Ball and Kick of the U19 Euros in 2017 and the U20 World Cup in 2018.
Alexia putellas
In 2019, Putellas was Barca’s goalscorer with 16 league goals and 18 in total as Barca reached a first Women’s Champions League final.

Caroline Graham Hansen
The Norwegian joined Wolfsburg in 2019 where she won a domestic double three consecutive seasons.
Jenni beautiful
Scored 114 goals in 123 games for Barcelona in two separate periods at the club on either side of the seasons at PSG and Atlético.
Lieke Martens
Won the award for best FIFA female player and European player of the year in 2017 for her three goals in the Netherlands victory at Euro 2017.

CHELSEA
Ann-Katrin Berger

Despite playing for top teams in Germany, France and England, Berger has only two international caps.
Niamh Charles
The 21-year-old joined relegated Liverpool at the end of last season and excelled by replacing injured Maren Mjelde.

Millie Bright
Played 91 times for Chelsea and was named in the Fifa Fifpro World XI for 2020.
Magda Eriksson
Was named captain in 2019 after joining Swedish team Linköpings in 2017. She made her 100th appearance in December.

Jess Carter
Has made 12 starts for Chelsea since arriving from Birmingham in 2018 but has been essential towards the end of the current campaign.

Sophie Ingle
Has 104 caps for Wales. His long-range strike against Arsenal last year was nominated for the Fifa Puskas award.

Melanie Leupolz
The former Bayern Munich captain joined this summer. Has 70 caps for Germany and has scored 11 goals for his country.

Ji So-yun
The South Korean joined in 2013 and won four WSL titles, two FA Cups and two League Cups at Chelsea.

Fran Kirby
He is expected to win all national individual awards for his incredible form on the comeback after suffering from pericarditis last season.

Pernille Harder
The European player of the year joined Wolfsburg this summer and has twice finished as a finalist in the Women’s Champions League.

Sam Kerr
Finished top scorer in the WSL this season, added to five top scorer awards in the US and Australia.

Losada is aware that this raises expectations but doesn’t see it as “extra pressure”, adding: “I think it’s a great responsibility that the team wants to have and we are ready. When you know you are ready and have worked and done your job every day, it’s a time to enjoy, it’s a time to believe in our style in our game and in our players.

It’s not just football that the Spain international loves. It is the club’s philosophy that has kept her connected to the rest of the world. Losada is involved in the Barça Foundation’s bullying prevention program which has worked with more than 160,000 children in Catalonia since 2017.

“I wanted to be a part of it,” she says. “As a footballer you are in a bubble and you don’t really realize what’s going on in your life. You don’t have time, you travel every three days and then sort of come back down to earth. I realized how important we can be and how much we can have a huge impact on society.


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This link with the community is important. “We can never lose this. Those who have been here for many, many years are the ones who have the responsibility of telling new players how this club works, all the work that has been done over many years.

Now they have the opportunity to expand their strength and influence by taking the Barcelona women’s team to the next level. “It would be a dream come true. I want to win a Champions League. I won everything with this club. I started here when I was little. This is a huge opportunity and we must seize it.

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