SWPL champions Glasgow City learned their UEFA Women’s Champions League fate this morning, as they were drawn against Belgian side Standard de Liege in the last 32 of the competition.
The Scottish Champions, who won their qualifying group in August to reach the knock-out stages, will travel to face the Belgians on the 9th or 10th of October. The return leg will be at City’s home ground of Petershill Park in Glasgow and will be on Thursday 17th October with kick off at 7pm.
The draw for the last 16 was also completed by UEFA today and City need no greater incentive to dispose of their Belgian opponents as progression will more than likely mean a Battle of Britain match against the all-conquering Champions of England – Arsenal. The English giants face SSHVSM-Kairat of Kazakhstan in the last 32 and last year’s Champions League semi-finalists and former winners are expected to progress with ease to set up a potential mouth-watering game against City.
However, despite supporters getting excited about a Battle of Britain clash, City Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black is very keen to keep focused on the job ahead and knows that Standard Liege will be a tough obstacle.
He said: “It is obviously a favourable draw in terms of travel and being able to scout the opposition and get information about them. In the last few years they have exited at the round of 32, but to be honest they have gone out against very good teams. For example Postdam last year, Brondby the year before and Montpellier before that. I know their squad is made up mostly of Belgian players and the fact that they finished second in the new Belgium/Dutch League last year tells you how difficult the tie will be. No doubt people are going to talk about a potential last 16 tie, but it would be disrespectful to Standard Liege to even be thinking about that as they are a good side and we should all be focusing on taking each round as it comes.”