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Tuesday 10 October 2023 16:41
Manchester United Ladies will device history after they clutch to the pitch at Leigh Sports Village tonight (Tuesday), after we host Paris Saint-Germain within the UEFA Ladies’s Champions League.
The Reds have never played within the competition forward of, since our reformation in 2018, and PSG’s squad sides two weak United gamers who played a role in that trip to the pinnacle of ladies folk’s membership soccer for Marc Skinner’s facet – Jackie Groenen and Aissatou Tounkara.
Earlier than the extremely-anticipated clash, read this extract from our digital matchday programme, which breaks down the French giants’ squad that can face the Reds on the ancient night.
Have in mind, you ought to aquire a physical reproduction of the programme from Leigh Sports Village at the match, for true £2.
Tonight’s opponents have been indubitably one of Europe’s top teams for a decade now however – sadly for them – don’t relatively have the trophy cupboard to reveal for it, given they share a home league with eight-time Champions League winners Lyon.
PSG Female have been spherical for practically as lengthy because the boys’s facet, fashioned in 1971 – the membership as a total being fashioned true a 365 days earlier. Originally, they competed at regional level spherical Paris, forward of spending the Eighties and Nineties up and down between France’s first and second tiers.
Since 2001, PSG have develop correct into a top-flight ever-reveal, lifting their first well-known trophy with the Coupe de France in 2010 and qualifying for the Champions League for the first time the following 365 days after finishing runners-up to Lyon. However it used to be once Qatar Sports Investments took pudgy control of the membership in 2012 and the ladies folk’s facet changed into reliable that the ball indubitably started rolling.
Combating Lyon for home and European supremacy ever since, PSG have accomplished second in France’s D1F in nine of the final 11 seasons. On the sole event they accomplished lower – third in 2016/17 – they have been Champions League runners-up (to, you guessed it, Lyon).
Indeed, in D1F PSG are essentially the most effective team to have accomplished above Lyon within the final 17 years, having sooner or later toppled their rivals in 2020/21 – PSG’s easiest league title. But Lyon have already gained an upper hand this term, winning 1-0 in Paris this month as wisely as taking the Trophee des Championnes (French Gigantic Cup) after they met in September.
There’s even been a managerial exchange in 2023/24 too, with Jocelyn Precheur promoted from assistant to exchange his maintain father true three days forward of the league loss to Lyon.
On the pitch, Kadidiatou Diani, PSG’s top scorer final season, joined Lyon as a free agent for the duration of summer season. But captain Grace Geyoro stays, alongside four diversified individuals of France’s World Cup squad.
Malawi worldwide Tabitha Chawinga has stepped into Diani’s sneakers (on mortgage after a prolific 365 days in Italy with Internazionale), whereas skilled overseas stars Lieke Martens and Ramona Bachmann complement the young French skill unfold across the leisure of the squad.
Learn the pudgy breakdown in our digital programme. You would possibly gather the physical version, that includes 44 pages of exclusive United Ladies voice material, for true £2 at Leigh Sports Village on the night of the fixture.
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