It’s the week’s first Champions League final, between Lyon – who won their first two of four ties on their way to this showpiece by an aggregate score of 30-0, that’s thirty goals to none, and their last two by a more demure 4-1 – and Wolfsburg, whose four ties have been won by the rambunctious combined scoreline of 33-7.
So, you may be wondering, just how good are these teams? Well, Lyon have won the last two Champions League titles, beating Wolfsburg (on penalties) in the 2016 final, and four of the last seven. Wolfsburg have won two of the remaining three, beating Lyon 1-0 in the 2013 final. The midfielder Lara Dickenmann was in both the Wolfsburg side that lost to Lyon and the Lyon side that lost to Wolfsburg, and is expected to be in the Germans’ starting line-up today.
Wolfsburg have already won their domestic title, following up on the one they won last year; Lyon have already won their domestic title, following up on the ones they one last year, and the year before that, and for each of the last 12 – twelve – seasons. Wolfsburg have scored 2.75 goals per league game this season, and conceded 0.3; Lyon’s average league game has ended in a 4.666-0.24 victory.
A few more Lyon goalscoring facts, because they are so ridiculous: Their top scorer, Ada Hegerberg, has thumped in 51 goals in 30 games this season. Lyon will play Paris St-Germain in the French Cup final on 31 May, having won the five games in their cup run by a combined score of 56-0. Fifty-six goals to nil. Between 24 September and 5 February they won 16 consecutive games in all competitions without conceding a goal (aggregate score: 102-0).
Both teams are, in short, extraordinarily good and used to handing out gleeful thumpings. What they are not used to, however, is facing teams quite as good as each other.
Britwatch: Chelsea and Manchester City were both beaten in the semi-finals but there are still a couple of Englishwomen to keep an eye on. Lucy Bronze, once of City and now of Lyon, scored the goal that eliminated her former club in the last round, and the assistant referee Sian Massey will be running a line.
Useful officiating fact: the referee, Jana Adamkova, played for the Czech Republic in her pre-whistle-blowing days.