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Renard, Dickenmann, Schelin enjoy Lyon success

Published: Friday 27 May 2011, 1.57CET
Wendie Renard, Lara Dickenmann and Lotta Schelin played starring roles as Olympique Lyonnais won a first European title – and they shared their joy afterwards with UEFA.com.
by Markus Juchem
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Published: Friday 27 May 2011, 1.57CET

Renard, Dickenmann, Schelin enjoy Lyon success

Wendie Renard, Lara Dickenmann and Lotta Schelin played starring roles as Olympique Lyonnais won a first European title – and they shared their joy afterwards with UEFA.com.

Olympique Lyonnais goalscorers Wendie Renard and Lara Dickenmann, along with impressive striker Lotta Schelin, were not lost for superlatives after masterminding the 2-0 defeat of 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam in Thursday's UEFA Women's Champions League final.

Everyone gave their best on the pitch, and we really deserve the win
Wendie Renard
We have worked all year long for this moment
Lara Dickenmann
It's fantastic, I'm so happy
Lotta Schelin

Right-back Renard got Lyon going with the opening goal in the 27th minute, reacting first to poke in the loose ball after a Schelin shot had been saved on the line. Dickenmann, on as a 55th-minute substitute, wrapped up the game – and a first European crown – by expertly dispatching fellow replacement Eugénie Le Sommer's pass as Potsdam went in search of a leveller with five minutes remaining. All three players spoke to UEFA.com after the victory at Craven Cottage.

Wendie Renard
This game was incredible. The coach demanded a lot from us. He asked us to start the game very strongly, and to score as fast as we could – and apart from that he told us to be patient. I think we were patient tonight. Everyone gave their best on the pitch, and we really deserve the win.

We knew there would be a lot of duels, so we had to win as many as possible, especially in midfield and at the back. We did that well. We needed to play as a team, and to be efficient up front. From the few chances we created, we scored twice. That's not too bad.

[Winning this trophy] has been the main objective for the club for a few years now. We missed out last year, Potsdam won last year, and we were crying; this year it's the opposite.

Lara Dickenmann
We have worked all year long for this moment. It was very difficult, there was a lot of pressure as well from the coach, the club and from myself. Now it's a great relief, a lot of joy, we are very happy to have finally managed to win this Champions League. Now we are very, very happy.

I have scored some important goals [this season], and I don't know why ... sometimes it just works like that. I am enjoying it – it does a lot of good for me as a player as well, giving me a lot of confidence. Maybe next year it will be something different.

It was more or less the same goal that we scored against Arsenal [LFC]. Eugénie gave me a good cross, it was the same against Arsenal [in the semi-finals], I wanted to go a bit wider in order to create some more space, I did that, and the ball came in perfectly. I took it with my left foot and then it bounced. Then it was a bit easier for me to put it in. I hit it well, and that's it.

Lotta Schelin
I think it was an incredible match. We did everything we could, we didn't let them create a lot of chances in front of goal, and we scored twice – the last one was totally fantastic. We were solid, and we played really well, even if the game was sometimes quite open.

Maybe we were a bit stressed out at the beginning, maybe it was a little bit of nerves and everything, but at the same time I think we played a good game throughout, all 90 minutes. I can't say anything negative about this game, because we won 2-0, it's a final and we are champions. It's fantastic, I'm so happy.

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