The UEFA Women's Champions League resumes on Wednesday after a break of close to four months. UEFA.com assesses the form of the eight quarter-finalists and their winter squad changes.
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FCR 2001 Duisburg v Arsenal LFC
Duisburg have had a mixed start to 2010, winning their first game 4-0 at 1. FC Köln in the German Cup to set up a 3 April semi-final with 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam but then being held 1-1 at SC Essen-Schönebeck in the Frauen-Bundesliga. On Sunday they defeated USV Jena 3-0 to return to the top of the table and Inka Grings looks set to finish the league's top scorer yet again – with 20 goals she is already seven clear of Potsdam's Anja Mittag.
While Arsenal have not quite had the upheaval of last winter when a host of leading players moved to the United States, there have been two significant changes with Laura Harvey replacing Tony Gervaise as manager and England midfielder Katie Chapman moving to Chicago Red Stars. On the pitch it has been business as usual since the new year with a run of wins, in between enforced rests due to inclement weather. They are through to the FA Women's Cup semi-finals and on Sunday won 4-1 at Blackburn Rovers LFC to move to within a point of Sunderland WFC having played five games fewer.
1. FFC Turbine Potsdam v Røa IL
Potsdam secured their third straight indoor Hallencup on 23 January with a 3-0 win against FC Bayern München. Outdoors, the reigning German champions have played only once in the league, winning 4-0 at SC Freiburg, and trail also unbeaten Duisburg by one point with a game in hand.
Røa have not had a single competitive game since knocking Zvezda-2005 out in the round of 16. Their bid for a fourth straight Norwegian title does not begin until April but they have been warming up with a training camp in Algarve, where their internationals were also in action for their country. They lost 7-2 in a friendly against Stabæk Fotball but coach Geir Nordby used the game for experimentation as he shapes a team that has lost Lene Mykjåland to Washington Freedom and Marie Knutsen to maternity leave.
Umeå IK v Montpellier Hérault SC
Umeå have a new coach, Joakim Blomqvist, and will field a new-look team against Montpellier. Ramona Bachmann, Mami Yamaguchi and Johanna Rasmussen all joined Atlanta Beat, Elaine has gone to Saint Louis Athletica and Lisa Dahlkvist is now at Kopparbergs/Göteborg. Eight players have come in, including Nigeria international Rita Chikwelu and two experienced signings from Chicago Red Stars – goalkeeper Caroline Jönsson and former Umeå captain Frida Östberg. Still in close season, they lost friendlies to LdB FC Malmö and Kopparbergs/Göteborg in January, and drew 1-1 with Norwegian side IF Fløya in Turkey last month. Umeå defeated Sunnanå SK 2-0 on Saturday, though Hanna Pettersson injured her ankle.
Since losing 3-1 at home to Olympique Lyonnais on 6 December, Montpellier have won four league games in a row but remain fourth, nine points adrift of leaders Paris Saint-Germain FC. On Sunday they beat Issy FF 3-1 to reach the French Cup quarter-finals. Top scorer Marie-Laure Delie struck for France in a 3-1 friendly victory against the Republic of Ireland on 25 February.
Olympique Lyonnais v ASD Torres Calcio
Lyon are involved in a tense title tussle with new force PSG, with whom they drew 1-1 in December. Since the new year they have won all three of their league games and are five points behind the capital club with a match in hand. On Wednesday Lyon triumphed 9-1 at FCF Nord Allier to reach the French Cup last 16. There is one new squad addition, with right-back Amélie Rybeck joining from Kopparbergs/Göteborg.
Torres picked up where they left off after the Christmas break, winning five games and drawing one, scoring 20 goals with only two conceded. They remain unbeaten in Serie A and are six points clear, with summer signing Patrizia Panico leading the way with 11 goals. Torres have reinforced their midfield with Finnish international Maiju Ruotsalainen and promising Canadian Selenia Iacchelli, who also has Italian citizenship.