Umeå IK 0-1 ArsenalUEFA Women's Cup Final 1st Leg Gammliavallen Saturday, April 21. 2pm
By Adam Clark
Jayne Ludlow says the Uefa Women's Cup Final will be the peak of her career to date.
The Welsh midfielder will captain the Arsenal Ladies when they take on Swedish champions Umea in the first leg on Saturday. At a press conference on Friday afternoon the 28-year-old acknowledged occasions in women's football come no bigger.
"Apart form captaining my country, which I do now, this is the top of the tree for me," said Ludlow. "This is my World Cup Final, the ultimate, and that goes for many of my players as well. Hopefully it's something we can make the most of. I'm not thinking about lifting the trophy. I'm just concentrating on enjoying it and working hard."
Ludlow has been involved in all of Arsenal's European campaigns. After twice missing out on a final she says she will fulfil a career-long ambition when Arsenal step out on Saturday. She acknowledged they will do so as second favourites.
"This is our first European Final and something we've strived towards the last few years. So comparing to us the team we're going to play obviously we're going to be underdogs. They've been here twice in the past and they know what to expect. But we're going to go out there, play our game and be positive in what we do."
"If we score some goals it would be great. We've not come here to sit back and defend. It's two legs - 180 minutes of football - we're not going to panic in the first game. We have our tactics and we're going to go out there and stick to them.."
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