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Champions League Final: Lyon eyeing four-in-a-row, Barcelona bid to make history

Lyon face Barcelona in the Women’s Champions League Final in Budapest on Saturday aiming to claim the trophy for the fourth year in a row.

The French side have excelled in the competition in recent times, reaching eight of the last 10 finals, and they are big favourites to secure another victory this weekend.

Barcelona are out to make history in Hungary after becoming the first ever Spanish side to reach the final.

Regardless of the outcome on Saturday, both sides have secured their return to the Champions League for next season through their domestic leagues. Read on as we preview the big game.

Lyon out to continue European dominance

The French outfit hold the record for Champions League titles with five, consecutive titles (3) and final appearances (8), all since 2010, and are the first team to reach four finals in a row.

Lyon defeated Avaldsnes, Ajax and Wolfsburg to reach the semi-finals where they were drawn against Chelsea.

The followed up a 2-1 success on home soil with a 1-1 draw at Kingsmeadow to book their place in the final.

Lyon boast plenty of quality throughout their squad, with Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg undoubtedly their star attraction.

The Ballon d’Or winner is already approaching 300 senior career goals at the age of just 23 and will be a huge threat to Barca’s backline this weekend.

At the other end of the pitch, Wendie Renard has played in all seven of Lyon’s previous Champions League finals and is a towering presence in defence.

Defence the key to Barca’s hopes

While Lyon have a long history of success in this competition, Barca are appearing in their first ever final.

They recovered from a 3-1 deficit against BIIK-Kazygurt in the round of 32 to win 4-3 on aggregate, but have significantly tightened up at the back since then.

The Spanish side subsequently defeated Glasgow City, LSK Kvinner and Bayern Munich without conceding a goal and could make it difficult for Lyon on Saturday.

Lieke Martens is one to watch for Barca having racked up double figures in goals in both of her seasons in Catalonia.

Spain’s most capped player, Marta Torrejon, is a hugely experienced defender and has helped the team keep seven successive clean sheets in the Champions League.

Barca have not conceded for 660 minutes since going 3-0 down at BIIK-Kazygurt, scoring 17 unanswered goals since.

Champions League Final prediction

The Spanish side have done well to reach the final, but Lyon appear to hold all the aces and can claim their fourth successive title.

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