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By Emma Sanders
It is going to bring back memories of the time ahead of training sessions and Spanish courses using Kieran Trippier when England forward Toni Duggan faces former team Manchester City from the Champions League on Wednesday.
Duggan swapped Barcelona for Atletico Madrid this summer after spending four years at City, and will go back at the first leg of the last-16 tie to the Academy Stadium.
She won four titles at City and was a part of the England squads that finished third and fourth Womens World Cups.
In a wide-ranging meeting with BBC Sport, Duggan talks about Roman culture, friendship with former Tottenham guardian Trippier along with theembarrassment of last years Champions League final defeat.
Liverpool-born Duggan transferred to Spain but could have returned to England when she left Barcelona in the summer.
Manchester United were reportedly an alternative but after acrazy transfer window she chose Spanish champions Atletico.
This was a bit up in the atmosphere. Atletico were the right club at the ideal moment although there were opportunities in nations that are various. Their style of play suits me down to the floor, Duggan told BBC Sport.
I have just missed one year competing in the Champions League — that was my first year in Manchester City and it was difficult. My choices were quite limited when you weigh that up.
Duggan admits she stilloverlooks home a lot and it could behard being away from your family.
I felt this way in Barcelona and that I think I miss it now, she explained. Football is a short career so you have to take the chances when they come.
Family come to help me but its not exactly the same as sitting at the living room along with my brothers and my mum, all winding up each other and doing things that you do not have to perform.
But family is.
I dont half miss out a roast! I discovered a location and I attempted to return there, each Sunday. I want to find one in Madrid.
One of Duggans biggest challenges has been studying the language after acknowledging shecouldnt relax in Barcelona her Spanish hasreally enhanced in Madrid.
In Barcelona they complicate it by speaking Catalan as well. There were instances when you thought you had been doing very well then someone talked in Catalan and you also couldnt comprehend a word and were somewhat perplexed, said Duggan.
I would not be overly confident performing a full interview in Spanish but I can certainly get by.
Duggan says Spains coaching styles area different level to what she used to in England.
A lot of it was with the ball at Barcelona and it is very similar in Madrid, she explained. All the women are extremely technical — more so than in England. They place a huge emphasis on this.
Physically, I dont believe the Spanish league is quite at the degree of England but its been very interesting seeing the abilities they perform.
The difference between Atletico and Barcelona — their styles are so different.
The girls game ison the up at Spain says Duggan, who shopped for former club Barcelona in a 2-0 triumph over Atletico in front of 60,739 lovers at the Wanda Metropolitano last season — a list for a top-flight domestic womens game in Europe.
Former Tottenham defender Trippier combined Duggan in Atletico Madrid signing up a thing.
The pair exchanged routine messages before finally catching up at a joint training session.
Ive talked to him a little, said Duggan. We were at precisely exactly the same complicated for its first few months but I kept him.
I would see Diego Costa and another players but not seemed to grab Kieran.
We had a training session 2 weeks ago and I was able to catch him up then.
His family are over here and he is taking Spanish classes — he is actually trying hard in this regard. He explained the manager speaks so quickly, he would like to attempt to pick it up more.
He is really happy with the conclusion that hes made. Its nice that I have that support from him today and obviously, I give him too.
More English players are currently moving to Europe and Duggan says it is because players enjoy Englands Lucy Duggan and Izzy Christiansen — that joined Champions League winners Lyon at 2018 and 2017 respectively — have done.
I think its really good for your English game for individuals to go out and test themselves. It will challenge you and improve you as a person. That can help England as a team.
People arent as worried as they were previously. Its the same from the mens game because Jadon [Sancho] is performing very well at Borussia Dortmund and now Trippier here at Atletico.
Duggan started last year and moved into Spain looking for a Champions League title.
However, Barcelonas 4-1 defeat Lyon left herdevastated andembarrassed.
England were on duty before the World Cup and I knew each one the team were sitting there watching on a big display, she states.
I couldnt get that out of my head — the night after the match it was all I could consider.
When I turned up to the England camp later, people were sayingwell done for getting that way. But it felt like this wasnt great. You visit finals to win it.
A quarter-final place is up for grabs against City and when asked if playing against her England team-mates includes validity, Duggan said:Yes — I wish to win.
I am convinced City will want some revenge [for past years defeat by Atletico]. While they are speaking about being at the next round of the Champions League, I dont wish to turn until the next break and Im not.
I want to win this battle. I wish to win every match but I need to acquire more so against City or any other ex-club.
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