Celtic are not the only team from Glasgow experiencing Champions League football this season as Glasgow City prepare to face Swedish outfit, Eskilstuna on Thursday night at Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie.
Facing a 1-0 deficit from the first leg, Glasgow City hope to progress to the last 16 of the competition.
Chairperson, Carol Anne Stewart is optimistic of progressing to the next stage, but believes it will be a tough ask of the players to get the required result against a high quality Eskilstuna side.
“I am always optimistic. I really think we have a chance, but it is going to be a very difficult game. They are a very good team, they are very quick up front and they have three players over six foot.”
Stewart believes that tactically, the Swedish side’s physicality has to be their main focus just like in the first leg.
“It was very challenging. It’s how they score their goals. In the first game, the rules were ‘do not give away corners or set pieces around the box’. We did really well, they only gave away a few corners the whole game.”
“We were running for their lives to make sure that ball did not go out for a corner and that’s really what we are going to have to do again.”
“They can’t put in any silly challenges around the box because if they get a set piece they are lethal.”
Glasgow City hope to replicate their success from last season where they reached the quarter final stage against French giants, PSG. Stewart explained the experience as a once in a lifetime for their players, but it is the type of game everyone at the club wants to be involved in again.
“Oh it was amazing, it was amazing. It was just not like anything we will ever experience again.”
“It was red carpet treatment, they all absolutely loved it. It didn’t matter what the score was, the players were absolutely buzzing.”
“That’s the type of football that attracts players to the club.”
Domestically, Glasgow City have been a dominant force in the SWPL this season with only 1 loss from 19 games. They are on track for an incredible 10 League Championships in a row if they manage to get a point in their next league game against rivals, Hibernian, currently in second place.
However, tonight their attention turns to a trophy they have not yet got their hands on as they hope to continue their European dream.