Long-time Sweden team-mates, Nilla Fischer and Caroline Seger will be on opposing sides in Lisbon, the VfL Wolfsburg defender describing the final with Tyresö FF as "extra fun".
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Nilla Fischer and Caroline Seger have often been united in their ambitions but the pair will be on opposite sides in the UEFA Women's Champions League final – a prospect Fischer describes as "extra fun".
Club-mates at the former FC Malmö in their title-winning 2011 campaign, Fischer has often been Seger’s vice-captain with Sweden but is determined to get the better of her international team-mate and Tyresö FF as VfL Wolfsburg look to retain the European title in Lisbon. "Of course it's extra fun to play against some of my friends and of course [a] Swedish team, so I'm very excited," Fischer told UEFA.com.
For her part, Seger was a little more circumspect at the prospect of crossing paths with her international team-mate. "It is something we are used to as players," the midfielder said. "Sometimes you have them as a player on the other side, and sometimes you have them as a friend after the game, so it's nothing weird for us, it's completely normal."
Despite her level-headed approach to facing Fischer, Segers is all too aware of the quality she provides to Wolfsburg. "She's a great player, very physical, and [as] a centre-back she is very good with the ball," she said. "She has grown a lot as a player, because she is in a different position from what she is used to. She is developing more and more, and really growing as a player with every game she plays."
The 29-year-old Seger has won well over 100 caps for her country while Tyresö are her fifth club – yet the UEFA Women's Champions League final is something new and, with several key players set to depart in the summer due to the club's financial problems, represents one last hurrah. "We are very excited; it's going to be very big for us as a team, and individuals, to play this game," she explained. "This has been our goal for two years, and I am very proud to be the captain of this team, especially everything we have been through. We kept it together, and now finally we are here."
Having left her native Sweden – and Linköping FC – for Germany only last summer, Fischer knows Tyresö well and is clear what Wolfsburg will have to do to become the third team to retain the women's European title. "We have to play at a high level to beat Tyresö," she explained. "It's little things that make the difference but to be able to be effective in the penalty area to score the chances we get is important, as is playing a hard and physical game."
Perhaps surprisingly, Wolfsburg will make no special preparations to contain prolifiuc Tyresö strikers Christen Press and Marta, Fischer confirming: "Nothing extra. I've played against them before and the coaches have done analysis and watching videos so we have seen clips from the whole team so we just know that they are very good players. We will keep an eye on them."