Wolfsburg vs Lyon Women's Champions League final preview: where to watch, team news, expert view

Wolfsburg and Lyon will meet in Sunday's 2019/20 UEFA Women's Champions League final at 20:00 CET in San Sebastián.

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Just like in 2013, 2016 and 2018, the 2020 UEFA Women's Champions League final will match Wolfsburg with holders Lyon.

Lyon are in a ninth final in 11 years (having also broken another of their old records by reaching five consecutive finals) and aiming for a seventh title and five in a row, extending records they already hold. Wolfsburg, in their fifth final in eight attempts, beat Lyon for the first of their two titles in 2013 but for the last four years have fallen at some stage to the French giants, including in two epic finals.

Where to watch (kick-off 20:00 CET)

See where to watch the final where you are.

Meet the teams

Highlights: Wolfsburg 1-0 Barcelona
Highlights: Wolfsburg 1-0 Barcelona

Wolfsburg
UEFA ranking
: 2
This season: P6 W6 D0 L0 F32 A1
How they got here: Mitrovica 15-0agg (R32), Twente 7-0agg (R16), Glasgow City 9-1 (QF), Barcelona 1-0 (SF)
Last five games: WWDWD
Top scorer: Pernille Harder (9)
Last season: Quarter-finals
European best: Winners (2012/13, 2013/14)

  • Wolfsburg are unbeaten in 40 games since a 4-2 home loss in the quarter-finals of this competition against Lyon in March 2019.
Paris Saint-Germain vs. Olympique Lyonnais
Paris Saint-Germain vs. Olympique Lyonnais

Lyon
UEFA ranking: 1
This season: P6 W6 D0 L0 F30 A1
How they got here: Ryazan 16-0agg (R32), Fortuna Hjørring 11-0agg (R16), Bayern 2-1 (QF), Paris 1-0 (SF)
Last five games: WWDWW
Top scorer: Ada Hegerberg (9)
Last season: Winners

Watch: Bouhaddi, Gunnarsdóttir, Vasseur on Lyon-Wolfsburg final
Watch: Bouhaddi, Gunnarsdóttir, Vasseur on Lyon-Wolfsburg final

European best: Winners (2010/11, 2011/12, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19)

  • Lyon's last competitive defeat was on 31 May 2018, 1-0 to Paris Saint-Germain in the French Cup final .

Possible line-ups

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

  • Pernille Harder, on nine goals, is one off moving into the joint lead for the season having topped the chart last year with eight. Also in the squad are former Lyon players Pauline Bremer and Lara Dickenmann.
Most Likely To... Wolfsburg
Most Likely To... Wolfsburg

Lyon: Bouhaddi; Bronze, Buchanan, Renard, Bacha; Gunnarsdóttir/Henry, Kumagai; Cascarino, Marozsán, Majri; Taylor
Out: Mbock Bathy (Achilles), Hegerberg (knee), Parris (suspended), Silva (Achilles)
Doubtful: Henry (calf)

  • Sarah Bouhaddi and Wendie Renard could appear in ninth finals and win their seventh titles. Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir signed from Wolfsburg last month.

Previous meetings

When Wolfsburg, on debut, beat Lyon 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in the 2013 final, it was the first time OL had been defeated over 90 minutes in 120 games and ended their bid for an unprecedented third straight title. Since then Lyon have dominated and, in the last four seasons have beaten Wolfsburg at some point on their way to lifting the trophy, including the epic finals of 2016 and 2018 and quarter-finals in 2017 and 2019.

27/03/19: Wolfsburg 2-4 Lyon (Harder 53 56; Marozsán 8, Renard 25p, Le Sommer 60 80)
20/03/19: Lyon 2-1 Wolfsburg (Le Sommer 11, Renard 18; Fischer 64)

24/05/18 (Kyiv): Wolfsburg 1-4aet Lyon (Harder 93; Henry 98, Le Sommer 99, Hegerberg 103, Abily 116)

2018 final highlights: Wolfsburg 1-4 Lyon (aet)
2018 final highlights: Wolfsburg 1-4 Lyon (aet)

29/03/17: Lyon 0-1 Wolfsburg (Graham Hansen 82p)
23/03/17
: Wolfsburg 0-2 Lyon (Abily 62, Marozsán 74)

26/05/16 (Reggio Emilia): Wolfsburg 1-1, 3-4pens Lyon (Popp 88, Hegerberg 12)

23/05/13 (London): Wolfsburg 1-0 Lyon (Müller 73p)

What the coaches say

Watch: Popp and Lerch on Wolfsburg bid for third title
Watch: Popp and Lerch on Wolfsburg bid for third title

Stephan Lerch, Wolfsburg: "We are the challengers in this match, if you look at the dominance and success of Lyon in recent years. But in one game anything is possible, we believe that, and conditions are different to the other times we have played Lyon, that’s why we believe we can make it. The Champions League is the greatest competition for European clubs, we have made the final under special conditions but now we want it all. It would be something really big, a dream come true."

Jean-Luc Vasseur, Lyon: "We are not going to sit back, that’s not the attitude we need. We will be masters of our own destiny and will be proactive. We will show a lot of respect for the opposition. We are not going to be caught off guard. We have to harness all of our ability to the maximum. We still hope Amandine Henry will be fit."

Most Likely To... Lyon
Most Likely To... Lyon

Expert view

Verónica Boquete, 2015 winner with Frankfurt
The traditional final, the two great European teams, the strongest over the last ten years. They have contrasting playing styles, different strengths. Lyon will seek to dominate throughout with their trademark football, Wolfsburg for their part will close space and wait to pounce on the counter.

But the two teams must improve, they have to offer better versions of the ones we have seen in these semi-finals, they have the potential to deliver better performances.

Annike Krahn, 2009 winner with Duisburg
In Wolfsburg and Lyon we’ve once again got two top teams in the final. I’m expecting a really close-fought match where once again it’ll be the fine margins that make a difference. Both teams have bags of experience and lots of individual talent.

Lyon have got one day fewer to prepare, so that could be seen as an advantage for Wolfsburg. Wolfsburg themselves are going to have to up their game from the semi-final if they are to realise their dreams of winning the treble. I’m already looking forward to it!

Women's Champions League final trophy ceremony

The trophy ceremony will be held after the final whistle on the pitch.

The UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin will present the trophy to the winning team, and also hand over the medals to the players and staff of both teams. The trophy ceremony procedure has been aligned with the local authorities. All officials involved in the trophy presentation have undergone COVID-19 testing and will not be required to wear masks.

As already announced ahead of the UEFA club competition final tournaments played in Portugal (UEFA Champions League), Germany (UEFA Europa League) and Spain (UEFA Women's Champions League), UEFA's top management and operational staff in contact with the participating club's players and staff have been regularly tested throughout the tournament.