Chelsea drawn against Fiorentina whilst Glasgow face a trip to Barcelona in the Womens Champions League round of …

Chelsea drawn against Fiorentina whilst Glasgow face a trip to Barcelona in the Women\s Champions League round of ...

Womens Champions League: Glasgow City face daunting Barcelona test

Glasgow Citys Scott Booth feels the “romance” of being drawn against Barcelona eclipses the difficulty of their Womens Champions League draw.

The Scottish champions will face the fourth highest-ranked team left in the competition in the last 16.

“If you get a tough game, its nice to have a little bit of romance to it, so Barcelona give us that.”

The Scottish champions, who were unseeded in the draw made in Nyon, will travel to Spain for the first leg on 17 or 18 October.

Barcelona, runners-up in Spain behind Atletico Madrid, will then travel to Glasgow on 31 October or 1 November.

City play at the home of Petershill juniors and Booth said it was too early to say whether the game might be moved to a larger venue.

“It would be nice to get a big crowd to come and help us with the second leg,” he told BBC Scotland.

“But, at the same time, Petershill in the past has been a good venue because the size of the pitch helps and the fact that there have been so many good nights in Europe for Glasgow City at Petershill.”

Booth admits that his side will “be huge underdogs” against a team that includes a host of international players, including England forward Toni Duggan and Netherlands midfielder Lieke Martens, who was named player of the tournament at Euro 2017.

“It would be a romantic dream to think that we can get to the quarter-finals and go through against Barcelona,” he said.

“But we are pretty grounded as a club and as a staff, and also the players, and we know its going to be hugely tough to try to get over this next obstacle.”

Barcelona have finished second in the Spanish top flight for the last three seasons and were edged out by one point by Atletico last season.

They will be bidding to reach the quarter-finals for the fourth consecutive season and lost to eventual winners Olympic Lyonnais 3-1 on aggregate in the last eight last term.

However, Fran Sanchezs team were given a fright by Kazygurt, who beat City on away goals in last seasons round of 32, at the same stage of the current campaign.

City, who top the Scottish Womens Premier League on goal difference from Hibernian as they chase a 12th consecutive title, qualified for the last 16 for the first time since 2014/15 after beating Cypriots Somatio Barcelona over two legs.

Booths side entered the competition in the group stage, finishing first ahead of Belgians Anderlecht, Polish champions Gornik Leczna and Martve of Georgia.

This is the fourth time they have made it as far as the last 16, reaching the quarter-finals once, in 2014/15.

For City, there was relief at avoiding a tie with Lyon, the holders, in the seeded draw. Yet the Scottish champions will have their work cut out when they meet Barcelona, who are the fourth highest ranked side left in the competition.

Read more City, who are one of three survivors from the qualifying round, reached the fourth round for the fourth time after defeating Somatio Barcelona of Cyprus in the round of 32. Scott Booths side will travel to Barcelona, who finished second behind Atlético Madrid in Spain last season, for the first leg on 17 or 18 October. The second leg will take place on 31 October or 1 November.

Barcelonas squad contains top talents such as Englands Toni Duggan and Lieke Martens, who was named the player of the tournament when she helped the Netherlands win Euro 2017.

Chelsea are looking for another strong performance in Europe after losing against Wolsfburg in their semi-final last season. But despite thrashing SFK 2000 Sarajevo 11-0 on aggregate in the round of 32, they will not take anything for granted against Fiorentina, who have the second lowest coefficient in the competition.

The unseeded Italians are not to be underestimated after knocking out Fortuna Hjorring, one of the seeds, in the round of 32. The first leg will take place at Kingsmeadow, where Chelsea will hope to make the most of home advantage before travelling to Italy for the return leg.

Emma Hayess side are Englands last remaining representatives in the Champions League after Manchester Citys disappointing defeat by Atlético last week. The Womens Super League champions have made a slow start to their domestic campaign, picking up six points from their first four matches.

But after starting with three consecutive goalless draws, Chelsea picked up their first WSL win when they beat Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday. Fran Kirby scored the opener as the west Londoners rose to fifth place.

Lyons defence of their title will continue when they face Ajax. Wolfsburg, beaten finalists last season, have an awkward test against Atlético.

Zurich v Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg v Atlético Madrid, Ajax v Lyon, Barcelona v Glasgow City, Linkoping v Paris St-Germain, Chelsea v Fiorentina, Rosengard v Slavia Prague, Kvinner v Brondby

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