Uefa Women's Champions League: Cardiff Met Ladies target progression

Cardiff Met players celebrate last season's Welsh Premier Women's League win
Cardiff Met have won the Welsh Premier Women's League for the past three seasons

Cardiff Met hope home advantage will help them reach the Uefa Women's Champions League knockout phase for the first time.

The Welsh capital, hosts of this season's final, stages a qualifying round mini-tournament this week.

Bulgaria's NSA Sofia, Spartak Subotica of Serbia and Iceland's Breidablik are Cardiff Met's opponents.

"The objective will be to get out of the group but we're coming in as underdogs," striker Robyn Pinder said.

"The last three times haven't gone the way we want but this year we know what it's about and we're more used to the European style of football.

"The competition is really hard and we've looked back at last year and what we could have done differently and try to make amends.

Uefa Women's Champions League qualifying round group three fixture
Tuesday, 23 August: NSA Sofia v Cardiff Met, 14:00 BST; Spartak Subotica v Breidablik, 18:00 BST (Both games at Cyncoed Campus, Cardiff)
Thursday, 25 August: Breidablik v NSA Sofia, 14:00 BST; Spartak Subotica v Cardiff Met, 18:00 BST (Both games at Cyncoed Campus, Cardiff)
Sunday, 28 August: NSA Sofia v Spartak Subotica, 14:00 BST (Jenner Park, Barry); Cardiff Met v Breidablik, 14:00 BST (Cyncoed Campus, Cardiff)

"Hopefully getting out of the group will be achievable this year."

The Archers will be representing Wales after securing their third consecutive Women's Welsh Premier League title in 2015-16.

Cardiff City Stadium will host the final on Thursday, 1 June with the men's Champions League final held at the Principality Stadium two days later.

Pinder says playing all three games at their Cyncoed Campus home will be an advantage but acknowledges reaching the final in the city is unlikely.

"It will be great for Cardiff and put the city on the map," Pinder told BBC Wales Sport.

"I'm sure they will do a good job of hosting the group stages and the final.

"It will be nice to have a lot of fans there and hopefully that will give us the added edge.

"The coaching staff have put in a lot of effort to try and get footage and looking into the other teams.

"But we're more focused on what we can do and our strengths rather than looking at the other teams."

The Uefa Women's Champions League comprises a qualifying group stage, four rounds of two-legged knockout ties and a one-off final.

Cardiff Met will need to win group three to progress to the knockout stage.

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