This week at Barça Femení: Home Stretch
The all-conquering Barcelona women’s team returned to action after the international break with their Queen’s Cup his debut at Rayo Vallecano in Madrid. The defending champions are hoping to win the Cup again in their quest for a historic treble, and they confirmed their status as favorites in the round of 16 on Wednesday.
It was by no means a vintage performance, with the team struggling at times with so many players just returning from international commitments. But Barca still showed their superiority and got goals from their best players: Jenni Hermoso netted a brace, and Alexia Putellas added a third in what was a comfortable 3-1 win in the end.
Barca already know who they will face in the quarter-finals: Femeni will travel to the Basque Country to face Real Sociedad, who have been the second best team in the Primera Division all season. But Barca won 9-1 the last time these two teams met, so things are not looking good for them. The Real ahead of their Cup encounter in two weeks.
It was a very good week for Femenibut there is bad news as superstar winger Lieke Martens will miss time with a muscle injury, the club announced on Thursday. Barca’s statement suggests it’s not a serious problem, but Martens is expected to miss the league game against Alavés on Sunday, but Lieke should be ready for the Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid in three weeks.
We are in the home stretch of the women’s season in Spain, and Barça are very close to the league title which will allow them to fully concentrate on their Cup commitments. Every game counts now, and Femeni looks more than ready.