Exclusive – Ada Hegerberg is “convinced” that she will be able to replicate her former world-class kind after returning to the pitch after a 20-month harm.
Hegerberg made his much-anticipated comeback for Lyon as a substitute of their UEFA Champions League match in opposition to Hacken earlier this month, after not taking part in in any respect since struggling an ACL harm in January 2020.
“It was quite overwhelming, to be honest, all these feelings built up over the long period of time,” Hegerberg recounted 90 minutes of the second she was in a position to return to the pitch.
“I am very humbled by the work that is still there, but it was such a big step for me personally and I was also overwhelmed by the response, all the support from all corners. I just let it soak in and move on to the next one, you know.
“When I got those minutes, I felt this huge warm welcome back from everyone. I have my teammates with me after the match who hug me and we just share all these feelings. It was beautiful.”
Hegerberg came off the bench for his first minutes in 20 months when Lyon met Hacken in the Women’s Champions League / ADAM IHSE / GettyImages
After such a long time out of action, Hegerberg, who has scored 220 goals in just 183 games for Lyon to make her the world’s most feared striker before her injury, is aware that she must be patient with herself and has already agreed. with the.
“It will go step by step. It is not a joke, the highest level “, she admits.
“Even though I was at my best 20 months ago [and] with all the work I put in, there is a lot left to do, a lot of commitment and hard work, mentally and physically. I have to be patient. I think other people need to be patient too.
“I am convinced that I will get there with the work I am putting in at the moment, but it will only take time. That’s it and I’m accepting it too, but I’m just trying to enjoy. Putting down all this hard work, if you are not happy with the progress and development, it would be much, much more difficult. Being back and playing football again is just a joy for me. ”
The tempo of improvement in the ladies’s sport has modified enormously, even simply in the course of the time that Hegerberg has been excluded. She returns to a refreshed Champions League format that’s now additionally extra accessible to followers all over the world, as DAZN broadcasts all 61 matches this season dwell and at no cost on YouTube.
“The structure has changed, DAZN comes in and covers the entire Champions League. The Champions League format has changed. I feel that the first days with the games now were fantastic, the whole broadcast [and] free access “, explains Hegerberg.
The Champions League for Women is extra accessible than ever this season because of free DAZN streaming video games on YouTube / Daniela Porcelli / GettyImages
“I have received so much feedback from people who have liked these games because it has also been professional material. It has been well organized and that is what we also need to get the product out.
“So I’m just happy to see entertaining games because you also get a lot back from performances from all the broadcasts. I’m happy to get it started and I really hope we continue to perform, us players, that we deliver, and we can create a good season for the Champions League. ”
Ada Hegerberg is DAZN’s first season-long world girls’s soccer ambassador ever. Thanks to the partnership with DAZN and YouTube, for the primary time, followers all over the world can lastly watch each UEFA Women’s Champions League match all through the season at no cost on DAZN’s UEFA Women’s Champions League YouTube channel.
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