Arsenal Ladies' Women's Champions League Semi-Final first leg in Lyon

Hey everyone,

Just thought I would tell you all about our short trip to Lyon for our the first leg of our Champions League Semi-Final!

We met up on Friday 8th April at the men's training ground to have a training session before we flew off to Lyon that evening. We had trained the night before as well and gone through team shape and we basically went through some more key points and got our legs going!

We then all got changed, had some lunch and jumped on the coach en route to Gatwick. I think we arrived a bit too early at the airport - only three hours to wait, oh well, off to shop! But Steph and I only managed to walk around two shops and then headed straight for Costa and a sit down... we ARE cool!

We arrived in Lyon pretty late the same evening and headed straight for our hotel. The hotel was really nice and we had dinner and then our lovely physios were doing massages, so a quick massage, shower and straight to bed.

The next morning we got a nice lie-in and headed down to breakfast. After breakfast we had a little bit of down time and then headed to the Stadium, where we were playing our match, I had no idea that we were in fact playing at the men's Lyon stadium! WOW!

I was literally covered in goose bumps walking into the changing rooms and then heading out onto the pitch... unbelievable! Check out the pictures of some of the team on the pitch and in the dug out! We headed back onto the coach and then one of the girls says, ‘Apparently there is going to be 15,000 people coming to the game.' I thought that was crazy... but it actually ended up being a deafening 20,000-plus crowd!

Back at the hotel we went through some set plays and then into lunch, I was hungry and only had breakfast two hours before - ooops! We had about two hours to chill out after lunch, so Steph and I went back to our room and put on some music. We had some Jessie J playing, loving her music at the moment! After a bit of down time we headed for some more food, then went back to our room and got ready, then had our team meeting and headed off to the stadium.

So onto the game. We had a pretty shaky start and conceded two early goals, which was extremely disappointing. But we seemed to get back on track towards the end of the first half. The second half we battled really well and really pushed on to try and get an away goal, but unfortunately it didn't come. However we now look forward and onto our home leg on Saturday 16th April, where we have 90 minutes to change the score around. We would love your support on the day!

But before we play Lyon again, we will be travelling to Chelsea in the long-awaited first game of the new FA WSL, something which we all cannot wait for. The game will be live on ESPN, which is going to be really exciting and will hopefully help to raise the profile of women's football across the country.

Make sure you check out ESPN or come and watch a game; we really appreciate all the support!

Thanks, take care

Ellen xx

Arsenal Ladies in Lyon

Arsenal Ladies in Lyon

Arsenal Ladies in Lyon

Arsenal Ladies in Lyon

Arsenal Ladies in Lyon

Arsenal Ladies in Lyon

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12 Apr 2011