Manchester City defender Abby Dahlkemper believes that the club have every chance of winning a first UEFA Women’s Champions League title this season.
The Cityzens take on Spanish heavyweights Barcelona in the first leg of their quarter-final tie in Monza on Wednesday, the Catalan club were tournament runners-up just two seasons ago.
Speaking ahead of the tie, Dahlkemper said that City have enough quality in their ranks to go all of the way and lift the trophy this season.
“Definitely, I think we have a really special group and we are in a good position in the league,” said Dahlkemper when asked about her side’s prospects in the pre-match press conference. “The group is ticking and we are playing well.
“It is all about momentum at this point in the season and the girls have done an amazing job getting here. That’s a credit to the players and the coaching staff for getting the job done.
“We definitely have enough to win the Champions League. It is a process though and I think that we are just really focused on taking care of business tomorrow.”
Barcelona have scored 38 goals in 10 matches in all competitions and they will undoubtedly have the players to cause City some real problems. Dahlkemper went on comment that defensive organisation could be key.
“In the Champions League quarter-finals, you are going to come up against a quality side,” said the defender. “Barcelona are obviously a very good team with good attacking play, they like the ball, they like possession and they have scored a lot of goals.
“I think that we will definitely have to be on our game defensively, be organised and take advantage of moments when we have the ball.
“They have good players and we are really looking forward to the challenge.”
The UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-final first leg match between Barcelona and Manchester City is scheduled to kick-off at 11.30am on Wednesday morning and will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2.