Tonight we play our last group game in the Women’s Champions League and our last game of 2022 against FC Zurich.
Despite our narrow loss to Lyon last week, we secured our place in the knockout stages of the competition. Tonight’s victory in the Wefox Arena ensures that we enter the quarter-finals as group winners.
Last time around
We hosted the Swiss champions at the Emirates in October and took a comfortable 3-1 win. A stunning goal from Jordan Nobbs was soon followed by Lina Hurtig’s debut goal for us, following a superb display of skill from Mana Iwabuchi on the right wing.
The Inka Grings side got a goal back in the second half with a brilliant moment from Seraina Piubel, but we reacted less than two minutes later, when Hurtig netted in her second goal for the Gunners.
Since we last met
Zurich has not scored a goal in the Champions League since that night at the Emirates and remains bottom of Group C, behind Lyon and Juventus.
In their own country it is a much better picture for the team that remains second in the Swiss Women’s Super League after seven unbeaten games and closely follows Servette at the top. This will be the last game for Inka Grings, who has recently been appointed head coach of the Swiss women’s national team.
Kim Little and Lina Hurtig, who both recently returned to fitness after injury, are part of the traveling squad and are likely to be deployed on match day.
There is some serious news: Vivianne Miedema’s injury suffered against Lyon last week has now been confirmed as a torn ACL. Beth Mead will also be sidelined for the time being with the same injury.
What the managers say
Eidevall on Zurich: “[Zurich’s] results may tell a different story than their performance. I think we’ve seen, both against Lyon and against Juventus, they created really, really good chances in those games.
“They are a tactically flexible team and an opponent that we have a lot of respect for, especially here at their home ground. We have to perform strongly to achieve the desired result.”
Grings us: “We want to leave tomorrow with our heads held high. Our aim is to put our hearts on the pitch and say goodbye to the great crowd. I think with our European campaign, whatever the results, we can be very proud of ourselves.” We’ve been able to keep up with a lot of games. This is an experience value that means great added value for all of us.”
As it stands now in Group C
How to watch
We kick off in Zurich at the Wefox Arena at 5.45pm (UK time).
All UWCL fixtures can be streamed for free on DAZN’s YouTube channel wherever you are in the world.
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