Fridolina Rolfö: Chelsea red card ‘made it easier’ for Barcelona to reach UWCL final

Barcelona’s Fridolina Rolfö suggested that it ‘doesn’t matter’ if Barcelona face Olympique Lyonnais or Paris Saint-Germain in next month’s UEFA Women’s Champions League final.

Rolfö netted the penalty that handed Barcelona the aggregate advantage against Chelsea, but speaking to the media after the final whistle at Stamford Bridge, the Swedish international said ‘it doesn’t matter if it’s me or any of my teammates but I’m happy that I could help the team and win today.’

Deployed on the left side of a front three throughout the opening half in SW6, Rolfö was forced to slot into her secondary left-back position as the match wore on. She spoke about the pressure that Barcelona felt ahead of this second leg, after an Erin Cuthbert strike last weekend dealt them their first home defeat in five years.

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‘Yeah, absolutely we felt pressure. It was great, the stadium was full and we really felt the support from our fans but yeah, it was not an easy game but in the end, we performed well and we were able to control it.’

Speaking to FromTheSpot, Rolfö suggested that ‘it was not a perfect game’ for Barcelona, but she expressed that the players ‘believed in it and knew we had to win this game, and it made it easier for us when they got a red card. In the end, we could control the game and win, which I’m happy for.’

With Olympique Lyonnais holding a slender advantage in the other semifinal ahead of their second leg on Sunday afternoon, Rolfö assessed the possibility of a ceremonious transfer of power in Bilbao if the Blaugrana end up defeating the eight-time champions of this competition.

‘We’ll see,’ she told FromTheSpot, cracking a smile as she went on to conclude that ‘it’s been a few finals now for the team, and it’s amazing. We have a great team and we continue to reach the final and we did it today as well. It’s a good time for Barcelona!’