Wolfsburg vs Barcelona preview: team news, form guide

Wolfsburg and Barcelona will meet in the 2019/20 UEFA Women's Champions League semi-finals.

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Wolfsburg laid down a marker in the UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-finals with their 9-1 defeat of Glasgow City in San Sebastián, topped by four Pernille Harder goals, and they now face a Barcelona side only one game from a second straight final.

Barcelona left it late to beat Atlético in Bilbao on Friday, but they having not lost since going down to Lyon in last year's UEFA Women's Champions League decider and present a stiff challenge to a Wolfsburg side chasing a third title and fifth final in eight attempts.

Meet the teams

Highlights: Glasgow City 1-9 Wolfsburg
Highlights: Glasgow City 1-9 Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg
UEFA ranking
: 2
This season: P5 W5 D0 L0 F31 A1
How they got here: Mitrovica 15-0agg (R32), Twente 7-0agg (R16), Glasgow City 9-1 (QF)
Last five games: WDWDW
Top scorer: Pernille Harder (9)
Last season: Quarter-finals
European best: Winners (2012/13, 2013/14)

Highlights: Atlético Madrid 0-1 Barcelona
Highlights: Atlético Madrid 0-1 Barcelona

Barcelona
UEFA ranking
: 3
This season: P5 W5 D0 L0 F13 A2
How they got here: Juventus 4-1agg (R32), Minsk 8-1agg (R16), Atlético 1-0 (QF)
Last five games: WWWWW
Top scorer: Alexia Putellas (3)
Last season: Runners-up
European best: Runners-up (2018/19)

Possible line-ups

Wolfsburg: Abt; Doorsoun-Khajeh, Hendrich, Goessling, Wedemeyer; Popp, Engen; Rolfö, Harder, Huth; Pajor
Out
: None

Most Likely To... Wolfsburg
Most Likely To... Wolfsburg

Barcelona: Paños; Torrejón, Pereira, María León, Ouahabi; Martens, Hamraoui, Alexia, Graham Hansen; Hermoso, Oshoala
Out
: None

Previous meetings

Wolfsburg saw off Barcelona, not the force they are now, in the 2013/14 quarter-finals on their way to retaining the title. Zsanett Jakabfi, Alex Popp, Lena Goessling and Anna Blässe featured in the tie for Wolfsburg, as did Barcelona's Alexia Putellas, Marta Torrejón and Melanie Serrano.

30/03/14: Barcelona 0-2 Wolfsburg (Kessler 45+1, Müller 74)
23/03/14: Wolfsburg 3-0 Barcelona (Kessler 34, Müller 52, Jakabfi 65)

Most Likely To ... Barcelona
Most Likely To ... Barcelona

Expert view: Annike Krahn, 2009 winner with Duisburg

Wolfsburg are clearly favourites in my eyes, but Barça should not be underestimated. They've got an impressive attack built around the German side's former star Caroline Graham Hansen and they're always good for a goal. Wolfsburg might consider giving players a rest at some point in anticipation of the final – depending on how the game goes. I'm looking forward to this!

What the coaches say

Stephan Lerch, Wolfsburg: Our focus has been to recharge the batteries and be more fresh and we’ve taken advantage of the time being outside a bit, fresh air, taking a walk and training, and the team and the players are good, all available, and I think that we have benefitted from the time in recent days to recharge the batteries, now we will take time to focus on the match.

Lluís Cortés, Barcelona: "We hope that the game will be entertaining, there are good players among us, and Wolfsburg we are prepared for in all areas of the pitch, we have seen that the defence and goalkeepers are very important for us, we are prepared ourselves not to concede against any opponent, we are well-drilled."

What's next?

The winners will take on Paris Saint-Germain or Lyon in the final in San Sebastián on Sunday.