Moving to Barca was the perfect challenge for me – it’s the best I’ve felt in a long time
Posted by  badge Boss on Oct 26, 2022 - 10:30AM
La Liga is a lot less physical than British football (Picture: Urbanandsport/NurPhoto/Shutterstock)

Five La Liga matches into my new life in Barcelona, we sit proudly top of the table with five wins, plus a 9-0 victory over . It has been a real pleasure to be here so far.

Spain could easily be competing to win the next year so I feel like I’m getting a good look at the players up close now I’m here.

The technical ability of some of the Spanish players 
is unbelievable.

The league is a lot less physical than at home but that’s not down to the players, it’s more the referees and how they judge the physicality.

Intensity in training is really good, the weather’s amazing, the girls are great and I am picking up the language little by little… although I’m still not getting it! Everyone tends to speak to me in Spanish and I reply in English, I try not to have a translator. But I can tell you, this is the best I have felt in a long time.

The Barca fans are amazing and I have found it easier settling in here than when I joined Lyon in 2017. The language is the most difficult part but I’m having lessons.

Barca are newer to having international players than Lyon were but they are known for having the best midfielders in the world, even with the Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas still sadly out injured.

There was a lot of talk after the Euros that Keira Walsh would leave City for Barca and eventually that happened.

Keira had been with City her whole life. Going abroad to play makes you understand far better just how hard it is for foreign players when they come to the English league and that is something I would say to anyone thinking of making the move.

Keira Walsh has left Man City for Barca (Picture: Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

I also know I came here to improve as a player. Keira’s dream – after playing for City of course – was to play at Barcelona and she grew up watching both of those teams play with her dad.

It’s not always easy going to play in a foreign country and everyone struggles at some stage, usually at the beginning, but in the end it does all come together.

If you picked out an English player that fits Barca, you would go for Keira.

Bayern Munich’s Georgia Stanway and Rosengard’s Mimmi Larsson clash during last week’s match (Picture: AP)

Barca have such a specific way they want to play and it is a work in progress on the pitch but this is the fresh start I felt I needed.

A lot of people thought I’d go to America and wondered if I would finish my career there but I can honestly say I have plenty still to offer and this has given me fresh impetus on and off the field. The sunshine has helped with that!

I’m unlike a lot of other people in that I feel more like myself when I’m abroad. It brings out the best in me.

Some like their home comforts but I am the opposite – I like a challenge. I’m pushing myself and making myself uncomfortable, so it’s been good for me to move on. Everyone likes to feel like they are enjoying themselves. I can express myself here.

Scotland international Caroline Weir has moved to Real Madrid (Picture: Getty Images)

I speak to my England and former City team-mate Georgia Stanway quite a bit after her move to Bayern Munich this summer, she’s someone I’m close to and the switch to Germany is so perfect for her.

She wants to be that sitting midfielder every single time with England and she can play in that position at Bayern.

Caroline Weir’s move to Real Madrid suits her too, although it will be some battle when she and Keira go head-to-head in our Clasico on November 6! As former City team-mates they know each other’s game inside-out. I can’t wait.

Lucy Bronze is an ambassador for Team Kenya, who involve entire communities in gender equality so girls in rural Kenya can create their own bright futures –


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