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Evelyne Viens played a pivotal role in helping Italian side, AS Roma to the league title scoring 13 goals while she hope to replicate the same feat when her national team Canada features at the women’s football event of the Paris 2024 Olympics.

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A truly memorable 2023/2024 season it was for Viens who helped her new club complete a league-and-cup double.

Canada is set to take part in the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Paris 2024, when they will look to defend the title they won at Tokyo 2020.

“It wasn’t a bad one, was it? (laughs) It’s been a great few months for me, but aside from the results, the most important thing is that the team has come on a lot and I’ve improved as a player. That’s the key thing for me.” Viens told FIFA.

“I honestly didn’t think I’d have such an impact. Normally, when I move to a new club I need a little time to adapt to new systems and to get to know my team-mates. But the team has helped me so much.

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“I’ve had tremendous support from the whole coaching staff, who’ve all been very patient with me. They knew my qualities and put me in a position to use them, even though they were different from the qualities you usually need in Italian football. I’m delighted with how the season went.

“Women’s football has really developed a lot in Italy. I really like how technically gifted the players are in Serie A. There’s a lot of quality and the players know how to hold onto the ball and what to do with it.

“I remember my first training session and being so impressed with the way they all wanted the ball without feeling any pressure. There’s still room for improvement but I like how the clubs are developing and improving. Roma, for example, is looking to grow and become a top club in Europe.”

AS Roma and Juventus which finished second placed Juventus and third positioned Fiorentina qualified for the 2024/2025 UEFA Women's Champions League from the Italian Serie A women's league.

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Viens will be one of Canada’s leading lights at Paris 2024 as the team aims to retain the gold medal won at Tokyo 2020.

“We wanted to change the colour of the medals we’d won before,” she said, recalling how that triumphant Tokyo 2020 campaign came about.

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“Nobody believed we could go and win it, and it really was a perfect finish for us. “I just remember how good our mindset was in that tournament. We didn’t give up. We all fought for it each other and it led us to the gold medal.”

In their latest warm-up games ahead of the Olympics, Canada recorded a win and a draw against Mexico. “We got two good results against the Mexicans,” said Viens.

“We were probably all a bit tired, having just had a very long season. They weren’t easy matches and you also have to give some credit to Mexico. We’ve taken some important steps, though, and now we need to rest, reset, and prepare for the Olympics.”

The Roma player began her international career relatively late, in 2021 when she was 24.

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