Chelsea defender Magda Eriksson says that lifting the UEFA Women’s Champions League trophy is her biggest dream.
The Blues captain will lead her side out to contest a first-ever UEFA Women’s Champions League final this evening when Chelsea face Spanish giants Barcelona in Gothenburg.
When speaking in the pre-match press conference, Eriksson highlighted the importance of the game for every player, stating that lifting the UEFA Women’s Champions League trophy was the biggest dream for every female footballer including herself.
“It has been a big dream,” Eriksson said. “If you are a footballer, one of your biggest dreams is to lift the Champions League trophy.
“It’s a childhood dream for me and for the team and for the club, it would mean so much. We haven’t come this far to not give everything that we can, we will give it a real go and try to lift the trophy.”
The game takes place at the Gamla Ullevi Stadium, a venue which Eriksson knows well from her experiences with the Swedish national team. She admits that it will be a surreal experience walking out onto the pitch in a Chelsea shirt.
She added “It kind of feels surreal that we are here and we are going to play here to be honest. I’ve played at this stadium so many times for my country, this is our home stadium so it feels strange but I am really happy and really proud of us that we have got this far and I can’t wait for the game.
“It is going to be a big challenge because Barcelona are a great team.”
This evening’s final will be played with no Chelsea fans present and Eriksson went on to add that the absence of friends, family and fans will take some of the gloss off the occasion.
“That is the one thing that takes this experience down a little bit,” Eriksson said. “Having Chelsea fans here and my family and friends would have meant so much to me. That would have made this experience even better.
“It is what it is and I will try to get us to another Champions League final so that they can experience that.”
The 2020/2021 UEFA Women’s Champions League final between Chelsea and Barcelona is scheduled to kick-off at 8pm and will be broadcast by BT Sport on a free-to-air basis on BT Sport 1, the BT Sport App and on the BT Sport YouTube channel.