Two experienced figures in the form of Sophie Ingle and Jess Fishlock have both reached the UEFA Women’s Champions league semi-final with their respected clubs and will play against each other.
Sophie Ingle reached the semi-finals with Chelsea after they overcame French giants PSG 3-2 on aggregate. Meanwhile, Jess Fishlock’s Lyon progressed after coming out on top against Wolfsburg 6-3 over the two legs.
Jayne Ludlow was encouraged by the fact that that the number of Welsh women playing in the Champions League final is going to increase; the Wales manager is the only current player to have appeared in the biggest match of Women’s club football in Europe.
Ludlow lifted the trophy back when the competition was known as the UEFA Women’s Cup in the 2006/2007 season.
“Currently I’m the only Welsh female who has been in a Champions League Final environment and I want that to change. It’s going to change this year,” said the ex-Arsenal midfielder.
“It’s unfortunate that both of them can’t be on the pitch in the final, but one of them is definitely going to get there.
“It’s great to have two Welsh internationals competing at that level and hopefully in the future we will have more.”
Ludlow was unsure on who is most likely to come out on top over the two matches between Chelsea and Lyon.
“Right now, I’m not sure who I would put my money on.
“Lyon have to be favourites with all the players and the history they have of picking up major trophies, but Chelsea are a very good team and have a very good manager.”