A number of Norwegian women’s footballers are participating in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. – Very good for Norway, says national team manager Heje Reis (53).
On Tuesday, you will be at the Olympic Stadium when Roma meet Barcelona in the first quarter-final.
– I haven’t seen ‘Caro’ (Caroline Graham Hansen) for Barcelona or Emilie Hafey (Roma) on anything other than TV, so now we’re taking a chance and we’ll see them in action, as well as Ingrid Serstad Engen (Barcelona), says Haig-Reis.
It’s a historic match, and for the first time, women’s footballers will be playing in Rome at the great Olympic stadium.
– It will be very big, I feel it now. On Monday, 35,000 tickets were already sold out, Emily Hafey tells VG.
– It’s been a dream season so far. We had ambitions, but not the expectation that we would be eight points up in the series, be in a cup final and actually win one cup. We’ve made great strides, and now we’ll see how we stand up to one of the best teams in the world,” says Hafey, happy to have the national team manager in place.
– I think it can be an experience for the haig as well, with so many spectators and two women’s teams in the Olympic Stadium. The immediate thought after the draw was that Barcelona wasn’t the team we were now hoping for, but it’s going to be a very exciting week with the second leg at the Camp Nou. I think people are just looking forward to it.
National team manager Hugh Rays are also hoping to have a chat with Caroline Graham-Hansen. It’s been almost a year since Caro made his cap in the 5-1 win over Kosovo in April last year. At the beginning of the month, the 27-year-old returned for Barcelona with a hat-trick. She was injured in a Champions League match on 27 October.
– “Caro” is back in full force, playing matches, achieving goals and goal points. Then, in an interview with TV2, she said that she is positive about the national team and dreams of the World Cup. I haven’t planned any meetings, but I hope to talk a little bit with the national team players, says Rice before the trip to Rome.
A few hours ago, another “Norwegian” match was played, Bayern Munich-Arsenal, with Tova Hansen and Emily Bragstad in the German squad and Frida Mannum as a key player in the London team.
– This is football at a level where it is very interesting to see players against each other, notes the coach of the national team.
On Wednesday, Lyon-Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain-Wolfsburg will play. Guru Reiten (Chelsea) is the most important from the start, but Ada Hegerberg (Lyon) and Maren Mageldy (Chelsea) are both back from injuries.
The way the board has been set up, it is guaranteed that there will be at least one Norwegian player in the final in Eindhoven on June 3. The national team manager naturally hopes that as many people as possible will be ‘all in’.
– It will be very good for Norway and the national team. One thing is that these are players who are leaders for Norway and also have key roles for their club teams, so playing at the highest level possible will be beneficial for the national team. Then we’ll be better prepared for the restroom this summer, says Hege Riise.
– It will be the strength that many will have to play at the highest level of reference in the run-up to the World Cup before we start our line-up and ‘prep’ after the break. It’s a very nice recipe.
National team coaches Monika Knudsen and Engfield Stensland head to London to catch the return leg between Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Chelsea Lyon.
- National team striker Sophie Roman Hugh is injured and must miss Roma’s first quarter-final match in the Champions League.
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