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PREVIEW: Barcelona v Manchester City

Manchester City enter the business end of this season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League when they take on Spanish giants Barcelona in the first leg of their quarter-final tie in Monza on Wednesday.

Gareth Taylor’s side will face the 2018/2019 finalists on neutral territory at the Stadio Brianteo, the home of AC Monza, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions in Spain.

‘Home team’ Barcelona go into the match having won all of their last 12 matches in all competitions while they have kept 10 consecutive clean sheets in the process. Head coach Louis Cortes is thought to be sweating over the fitness of Spanish international attacker Jennifer Hermoso who will be handed a late fitness test ahead of the match in Italy. Barcelona are not thought to have any other ongoing injury concerns.

Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor confirmed in his pre-match press conference that captain Steph Houghton remains sidelined with injury. She joins Megan Campbell and Gemma Bonner in the treatment room. Lucy Bronze has been declared fit while Demi Stokes came through last week’s fixture with Bristol City unscathed.

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.

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