Shanice van de Sanden is overjoyed with her second Champions League win in a row with Olympique Lyon. The Orange-international was Saturday in the final with two assists a large share in the 4-1 victory at FC Barcelona from Lieke Martens.
“It really is incredible. I have so enjoyed the way we started. It is not easy to each year, the Champions League win and Barcelona has a good team,” said an elated Van de Sanden at the NOS.
“I was supergefocust. I know what the team asks me and what I want. The girls said beforehand to me: ‘Have faith and do your thing’. Then you leave such things to see.”
After a half hour, it was already 4-0 for Lyon in the final at Boedepast. With two goals, was the 26-year-old Van de Sanden the assist. In the second half did Barcelona have something in return, but the game had long been played.
The Sanden is full of praise about the quality of Lyon in the Champions League for the fourth time in a row, picked up. “Every training, I see things that I have not previously seen. That is really nice. The girls think ahead, these are all stars. It is really enjoy.”
Mad joy by the players of Olympique Lyon after winning the Champions League. (Photo: Pro Shots)
‘World cup is also incredibly beautiful’
The aanvalster noticed during the Champions League season that the level of women’s football is growing and is. She is looking forward to the world cup with the Oranjevrouwen next month in France.
“We are aware that it is every year becoming more and more difficult. The world cup is also incredibly beautiful, because a lot of countries can win. It gives an extra good feeling when you despite the competition still wins,” said Van de Sanden.
“I was very nervous, because I know how good Barcelona are. If you have them so overwhelms, is really fantastic. This feeling I take with me to Orange. You train and play for prizes and I got this season all packed with my club. Now I’m going to give everything for my country.”
Disappointment with Lieke Martens and her team mates. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Martens: “This is superpijnlijk’
At Barcelona was the disappointment of course is great. Orange-sterspeelster Martens stated that she and the Spanish football club, had swept away by Lyon.
“This is superpijnlijk. It is a dream come true that you are in the final state, and then you want to be a good game to play, but it was soon decided,” said the 26-year-old aanvalster.
“It really hurts. I stood for the first time in the final of the Champions League and then you want him to win also. I had hoped that it was one of my best days would be.”
The unapproachable Lyon won the Champions League for women already for the sixth time in the wait. The French team won the tournament in 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017 and 2018.