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Weekend Review: Atletico bag title, Arsenal on alert, fan attendance, Bronze inspiring

It’s been a busy weekend in the world of women’s football, with plenty happening at both domestic and international level.

Manchester City’s victory over West Ham United in the FA Cup was the highlight on the home front, while Atletico Madrid’s league title success in Spain was the top news in Europe.

Read on as we look at four talking points from over the weekend.

Atletico make it a hat-trick of titles

Esther Gonzalez bagged a hat-trick as Atletico Madrid beat Real Sociedad 3-1 to win the Liga Iberdrola for the third successive year on Sunday.

Barcelona had set up an exciting end to the season by beating Atletico back in March, but their title bid ended following a 1-0 defeat at Granadilla Tenerife.

Atletico dropped just six points all season to secure the title and will complete the double if they can beat Sociedad again next Saturday in the Copa de la Reina final.

Barca could still end the season on a high note if they can overcome Olympique Lyonnais in the Champions League final in Budapest on May 18.

A busy summer ahead for the champions

The news that there will be a mass exodus from Bayern Munich this summer sparked rumours that some players could be on their way to the Women’s Super League.

Arsenal may well be one possible destination, particularly with three former Bayern players already in their ranks.

The Gunners have had plenty of success with their previous arrivals from the Allianz Frauen-Bundesliga and it would be no surprise to see more join the London club over the next few months.

Lucie Vonkova and Jill Roord are amongst a list of nine players leaving Bayern this summer and both would undoubtedly be useful acquisitions for English clubs.

Should the Premier League have changed kick-off times to make space for the FA Cup final?

The Women’s FA Cup final could have set a new attendance record over the weekend but for a Premier League game being played other side of the city on the same day.

The 43,264 was just over 2,000 below the figure who attended last year’s final, but with 52,000 tickets sold for the event it had been hoped the record would be broken.

However, the Premier League did not move the kick-off time of West Ham’s men’s game against Southampton to allow fans to attend both games, leading to a missed opportunity.

TV rights deals and other commitments prevent league bodies from accommodating most requests, however, there is certainly room for showpiece games such as the FA Cup final to be given the spotlight where possible.

With the women’s game seeing phenomenal year-on-year growth, it’s surely a matter of time before the attendance record is broken.

Humble Bronze a great role model

It was refreshing to see Lyon and England star Lucy Bronze speak with such humility about her career over the weekend.

In an interview with the Guardian, Bronze played down claims by England manager Phil Neville that she is the best player in the world by saying compliments simply drive her to improve even further.

Her comment that she hopes her performances at this summer’s World Cup inspire the next generation of players also displayed an unassuming side to her character.

Bronze will be an important part of England’s bid to win the World Cup and it would great to see her achieve that goal.

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