The UEFA Super Cup is an English treat this year, as Champions League winner Liverpool and Europa League winner Chelsea compete against each other in the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul on Wednesday evening. Although the European Supercup is not high on the list of priorities for both teams, it is and remains the shortest route to a new European grand prize.
Liverpool remained remarkably calm on the transfer market last summer, because apart from the 1.3 million pounds to separate Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle, The Reds kept their hand on the ball. Trainer Jürgen Klopp therefore clearly has confidence in his current selection, which did so well last season. The new year also promises a lot, because in the season of the English Premier League Liverpool managed to roll up PhD student Norwich City with a whopping 4-1. Liverpool did not have to fear a moment for a point loss, as it was already a comfortable 3-0 lead within half an hour of play. The only stain on the game was the injured outage of goalkeeper Alisson Becker, who will be sidelined for eight weeks.
The game calendar is favorable to Liverpool, as the away game against Southampton this coming weekend is a duel that Liverpool should normally be able to easily win. Klopp therefore has no reason to rotate on Wednesday evening, and will therefore stick to the usual names. The European Supercup is of course not the most prestigious prize at stake for Liverpool this season, but both Divock Origi and Andrew Robertson immediately announced after the victory against Norwich City that the confrontation against Chelsea is in full swing in the Liverpool team. dressing room.
The new season has barely begun, but Chelsea is already looking forward to a transition year. The club from London saw star player Eden Hazard leave for Real Madrid, but was unable to get new players due to a transfer ban. The new coach Frank Lampard will have to make it with the same players as last year, plus various mercenaries who returned to the old nest. However, the chance that The Blues can seriously mix with this material in the English title fight is very small, so it is especially important this season to let young talents such as Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Christian Pulisic smell the great work.
It became painfully clear last weekend that the season ticket holders at Stamford Bridge could be a long and tough season. In the top match against Manchester United, Chelsea entered the boat with a whopping 4-0. The result was somewhat flattering, because the visitors from London had the most ball possession and also created the most chances. However, Chelsea did not know what to do with the razor-sharp counters and deadly efficiency of the Manchester United vanguard. “Lampard still has a lot of work to do,” said analyst Chris Sutton. “He’s having a hard time. It is as if you are being asked to participate in an inflatable boat in the rowing final of the Olympic Games. ‘