Jonas Eidevall hopes to get the ‘best version’ of Arsenal Women in Barcelona

The Catalan side provide the opposition in the Champions League.,

By Press Association Published: 4 October 2021 - 5.29pm

Arsenal Women boss Jonas Eidevall insists his side have nothing to fear ahead of the daunting Champions League trip to holders Barcelona.

The Catalan side are a fearsome prospect, having outclassed Chelsea 4-0 in last season’s final and won five out of five in the Primera Division so far this term, scoring 35 goals and conceding just one.

But Arsenal have also begun the campaign in fine form with four wins from four leaving them on top of the Women’s Super League.

“It’s important to emphasise Barcelona is the best team – and I mean team in capital letters – the way they are playing and especially in offence,” said Eidevall ahead of Tuesday’s match.

“Of course this is what drives us, to see how good we can be and how close we are to the best in the world.

“We are confident we can compete and that’s the mindset we have, to do our best. We know it’s a very good team we are playing against but they’re human, just like we are.

“They will make mistakes just like we will. We will need to be our best version.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge. I have belief in this team. We have scored not less than three in any game we have played so far, which is quite impressive.

“It’s a very good football team but they are also beatable. It’s 11 humans against 11 humans. In Sweden we say ‘a shovel is a shovel’. And a football game is a football game.

“I’m really looking forward to the challenge, with no fear at all.”

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