It’s an all English final for the first time in the History of the Super Cup. This could be seen as an example of the changing landscape of European football. With the winner of this fixture coming from Spain in the last five editions, its becoming increasingly clear that the Premier League has usurped La Liga as Europe’s foremost domestic competition. Read ahead for our preview of this year’s European Super Cup.
Champions League holders Liverpool come here as hot favourites and have started their league campaign where they left off last year with a 4-1 win over Norwich City. Chelsea, on the other hand, enter the game onthe back of a transfer window where they lost Eden Hazard and a 4-0 league defeat at Old Trafford.
Whether or not Frank Lampard will develop into a top manager over time remains to be seen. His performances at Derby last year made his potential clear. For the moment however, there is no doubt that Klopp and Liverpool have a huge advantage in this sideline battle. Klopp has won titles at the very highest level, and has had the time and support required to build a team in his image. Lampard’s Chelsea looked disjointed against Man Utd. They can point to missed chances that contributed to the defeat, but the reality was that they looked second best for much of that encounter.
Tammy Abraham got the nod against Man Utd at the weekend, but it may pay for Chelsea to go with experience in the form of Olivier Giroud tonight. He’s not likely to get much out of Van Dijk, but if he can provide the Chelsea attack with a focal point, it could give them a base to build on.
Chelsea will be hoping that Emerson Palmieri can provide a threat for them going forward, as he certainly did at times at Old Trafford. His main concern, however, should be his defensive duties. Salah has started the season like he finished the last with a goal on opening day. He will be looking to test the Italian international’s defensive capabilities at every opportunity.
Expect Liverpool’s high pressing and threat on the counter attack to be far too much for Chelsea tonight. Klopp and his Liverpool side are the finished article. Lampard and Chelsea are both, very much works in progress.