On Wednesday night, two English giants battled it out for the much-coveted UEFA Super Cup. Liverpool faced off with their Premier League rivals Chelsea in what was expected to be an exciting encounter. Liverpool vs Chelsea matches have been one of their kind. And as both teams walked into the football arena last night, fans across the globe were anxiously waiting to see who would emerge the victor.
UEFA Super Cup brings two teams to face off each year. These two teams are; the one that won the UEFA Champions League and that which won the Europa League title. The Reds qualified after edging out Tottenham to win the UEFA Champions League, whereas their opponents, the Blues, won the Europe League title against Arsenal FC.
Liverpool vs Chelsea
Liverpool came into Vodafone Park in Istanbul with their heads held high, after a victory against the promoted side Norwich FC. Their counterparts, Chelsea, were looking forward to proving that they are still Premier League title contenders despite a humiliating loss against the Red Devils on Sunday. So who won the UEFA Super Cup?
As both teams prepared to entertain fans, there are some points we could pick to assist us on what to expect during the match. The last time the two sides met, Chelsea suffered a 2-0 loss against Liverpool at Anfield Stadium. This time around, a young spirited Chelsea team led by their former player and now head coach Frank Lampard were coming for nothing less than a win.
Chelsea was likely to use their dual anchor of Mateo Kovacic and Jorghino at their midfield since N'Golo Kante sustained a slight injury in their previous match. However, they were to play without some of their best talents such as Willian, Antonio Rudiger, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reuben Loftus-Cheek.
Jurgen Klopp's side, on the other hand, was to be without their first-choice goalkeeper, Allison Becker. Becker picked an injury during their 4-1 win over Norwich. Nonetheless, Adrian stepped up to prove himself. Sadio Mane was expected to be available despite missing out in their club's line-up over the weekend. He stepped up and became the man of the match.
Despite the hard fight each side put in, the match ended in a 2-2 draw prompting the two teams to settle it out through penalties. Jorginho and Olivia Giroud scored for the blue where Sadio Mane bagged two goals for Liverpool. The shoot outs ended 5-4 in favour of the UEFA Champions League winners after Tammy Abraham's penalty was saved by Adrian.
UEFA Super Cup 2019: Liverpool vs Chelsea
- Date: Wednesday, August 14th 2019
- Time: 3 pm EAT
- Venue: Vodafone Park in Istanbul
The teams' line ups
These were the line ups for the teams last night;
Liverpool FC: Adrian, Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip, Andy Robertson (substituted by Trent Alexander Arnold), Joe Gomez, Fabinho, James Milner (substituted by Georginio Wijnaldum), Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane (substituted by Divock Origi), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Roberto Firminho) and Mohammed Salah.
Chelsea FC: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen (substituted by Fikayo Tomori), Emerson Palmieri, César Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic (substituted by Rose Barkley), N'Golo Kanté, Pedro, Christian Pulisic (substituted by Mason Mount), and Olivier Giroud (substituted by Tammy Abraham).
Liverpool vs Chelsea match ended with Liverpool being crowned the victors. However, Chelsea's efforts throughout the match can not be taken lightly. They proved themselves as Premier League contenders this season.