Scotland’s top women’s football side, Glasgow City, began their final preparations today ahead of their biggest match of the season so far – their last 32 UEFA Women’s Champions League match against Icelandic Champions, Valur Reykjavik.
The match represents the first time a Scottish women’s team has ever reached the knock-out stages and the first time a UEFA Women’s Champions League match has ever been played in Scotland.
Speaking ahead of the big match, City Head Coach, Eddie Wolecki Black commented: “We are up against a team who have been regular competitors at this level of European competition. Valur have been the top side in Iceland for many years and only two weeks ago relinquished their league title. Therefore we will be facing a team that is hurting and there is no doubt they will arrive at Petershill looking to win.
“It’s in games like this we have to be 100% focused because it’s the small details that will decide who goes through. I knew before the draw was made that the seeding structure meant we would face a very strong team. Icelandic teams traditionally are athletic, physically strong and dangerous from set pieces as well as having a lot of quality. If we play how we can and maintain our level then the team has every chance of reaching the last 16 of the competition.”
Black added: “The players know what they have to do to be competitive and staying true to our style of play is the ultimate aim.”
Glasgow City Vice Captain Leanne Ross said: “The girls are really looking forward to the match. We are well aware of its historic importance in being a first and we are all absolutely delighted to be taking part in a game of this magnitude on our home patch. The players are extremely focused and will be doing everything they can to get a result tomorrow to take over to Iceland next week. We know Valur are the favourites, they have been here before many times. However, we are confident in our own ability and it would be fantastic if the nation turns out to support us on the
The game against Valur Reykjavik kicks-off at 7:45 tomorrow night at Petershill Park, 30 Adamswell Street, Glasgow G21 4DD. Tickets are £5 and £2 for children and concessions. If you aren’t doing anything tomorrow night go along to Petershill Park and cheer on Scotland’s ONLY representatives in the Champions League.