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Champions League is huge for Barça and Spanish football

Cata Coll, the goalkeeper for Barcelona and the national team, played a significant role in the recent Champions League victory for Barça against Olympique de Lyon. She emphasized from the Las Rozas camp that the title they secured is not only historic for the Catalan club but for all of Spanish football.

“Our teammates have been very supportive. Winning the Champions League is a historic moment, not just for Barça, but for all of Spanish football,” Cata Coll shared when asked about the reception from the players selected by Montse Tomé for the upcoming Euro 2025 qualifying matches. Despite the quick turnaround from their Champions League win last Saturday against Lyon, Coll mentioned that it’s time to shift focus and prepare for the crucial games with La Roja.

“In football, things move fast, and we are all gearing up for those two matches. While I would have loved to celebrate the Champions League win more, we are professionals. Our main goal now is to secure victories in both games to qualify for the Euro Cup,” she emphasized.

La Roja is set to face Denmark this Saturday in Vejle, with the return match against the same opponent scheduled for Tuesday, the 4th, at the Heliodoro Rodríguez López stadium in Tenerife.

“The schedule is tight, but we have two crucial games ahead, followed by the Olympic Games. We are confident in our abilities to perform well and enjoy the experience,” the Barça goalkeeper acknowledged, expressing her excitement about participating in the Paris Games. “Qualifying for the Games is a historic achievement for us. But for now, our focus is on securing a spot in the Euro Cup, and then we can think about the Games and aim to go as far as we can,” she added.

Cata Coll also commented on one of the surprises in Tomé’s selection, the addition of Leila Ouhabi, the City full-back with a Barcelona background, stepping in for the injured Olga Carmona. The team is thrilled about Leila’s inclusion, especially since she had not been called up for La Roja in many months after declining to join Jorge Vilda’s squad previously.

“I am very happy for Leila, she is a great girl and footballer and I met her at Barça. She deserved to be here for her incredible season with City. The more people who come, the better and what’s more, we know she will contribute. I am super happy and it will help us in the locker room,” he assured.

This content has been translated and adapted from the Spanish version of the digital newspaper

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