Barcelona coach Llius Cortes has lauded Asisat Oshoala for her pace and power, a rare quality which was not easy for the Blaugranes to find.
The 24-year-old realised her dreams of joining the Spanish giants after sealing a loan move from China’s Dalian Quanjian in January.
The Nigeria international went on to establish herself in the team, scoring eight goals after 11 games and made history as the first African woman to play and score in the Champions League final.
“It’s the squad we wanted and the one we asked for,” Cortes told Spanish newspaper, Sport.
“The feeling is we have a complete squad with a lot of competition. Oshoala, we all saw at the end of last season. She has pace and power which is tough to find in any player nationally.
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“Seeing how we’ve worked in the preseason, I think it’s a good sign because we’ve taken every game like a Champions League final.”
Barcelona have made a strong start to their title quest with a 9-1 thrashing of newly-promoted side CD Tacon, followed by a 2-0 Champions League Round of 32 first-leg advantage over Juventus.
Cortes will be counting on the fine form of Oshoala and his solid squad to surpass last season’s achievements.