Barcelona coach Giraldez celebrates 'one of the happiest days' after Women's Champions League triumph

By Sports Desk May 25, 2024 158

Barcelona coach Jonatan Giraldez celebrated "one of the happiest days" of his life after his side claimed the Women's Champions League title.

Giraldez led Barca to a 2-0 victory over fellow heavyweights Lyon in Bilbao on Saturday.

Aitana Bonmati and Alexia Putellas got the goals in the second half, as Barca beat Lyon for the first time and won the Champions League for a third season out of the last four.

Giraldez will now leave Barca to take charge of Washington Spirit in the NWSL, but was able to leave on the highest note possible, having won a quadruple this term, becoming the first European team since Arsenal in 2007 to manage such a haul in a single campaign.

He told DAZN: "It was an incredible game, I am really happy, one of the best days of my life for sure.

"We did an amazing job with the ball, without the ball. we suffered in the last minutes, but I'm very proud of all of them."

Barcelona defender Lucy Bronze, whose future with the club is uncertain, told DAZN: "We knew that that's what we needed, to be a club to make history.

"It's not easy, it's hard to win it once. To win it back to back, Lyon showed how difficult it is and this team has finally done that. We go down in history as one of the best teams in Europe."

Barca's two Ballon d'Or winners scored their goals, with Bonmati breaking the deadlock just after the hour before Putellas lashed home in stoppage time.

"She's the captain of the team, she's the Queen of Barcelona for a reason," Bronze said of Putellas.

"She's always so confident in the team and showed today why she is a back-to-back Ballon d'Or winner.

"She's got the quality to do that in the last minute of the Champions League final when we were up against it at the end and just sealed the win for us. It was amazing."

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