Chelsea’s Reiten ready for Champions League battle with Barca

Guro Reiten had already reached the top in Norway, winning three league titles with LSK, but the move to London in 2019 to a club with Chelsea’s resources has been a big step up.

Guro Reiten is one of several Nordic players in Chelsea who have been looking forward to playing the Champions League final against Barca in Sweden (File Photo).   -  Getty Images

Fleet-footed Norwegian winger Guro Reiten joined Chelsea to play in the biggest club games possible, and on Sunday her dream will come true as her team will take on Barcelona in the Champions League final in Gothenburg.

Reiten had already reached the top in Norway, winning three league titles with LSK and twice finishing as the league's top scorer, but the move to London in 2019 to a club with Chelsea's resources has been a big step up.

"What is similar is the desire to win, to sacrifice everything to win regardless, but the conditions here for winning are very different," Reiten told Reuters.

"It's much more professional day to day at Chelsea, everything is perfectly set up so you can succeed. There is nothing we don’t have access to in terms of resources - you just have to show up and everything is ready for you, you only have to focus on what you are going to do on the pitch."

Chelsea edged out Bayern Munich to make it to the Champions League final for the first time, and Reiten is one of a number of Nordic players in the Chelsea squad who have been looking forward to playing in Sweden.

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"It's funny that it's in Sweden because we talked about it this season, that maybe it was meant to be since we're a big group of Scandies here," said Reiten, who is disappointed that there will be no fans in attendance due to Swedish COVID-19 restrictions.

"Especially this game, it is probably going to be one of the biggest games we will ever play, and not being able to have our family and friends there, it is sad."

Barcelona may be the favourite with the bookmakers, but Chelsea goes into the final full of self-belief due to the bonds created during the pandemic.

"We have so many great football players with different qualities, we push each other every day. We have great coaches, great staff, but I would also say great people," Reiten said.

"This year has been a struggle for all of us, not being able to go home and COVID and everything, so we’ve not only been each other’s teammates, we’ve been each other’s family, and that has made us a strong group,” she added.

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