Wednesday 11th August 2021
Chelsea wins Supercup thriller
Tuchel replaces victory with gloves
Chelsea FC wins the European Supercup. In the final of the Champions League winner against Europa League champion Villarreal FC 90 and 120 minutes nothing is decided. For the penalty shootout, Chelsea coach Tuchel takes the risk – and is rewarded after 14 shooters.
Next title for Thomas Tuchel: The German team manager won the European Supercup with Champions League winner Chelsea FC after a penalty thriller and gained confidence for the season start in the Premier League at the weekend. In the duel against the Europa League winners Villarreal FC, Chelsea with its three German national players in the starting line-up won 6-5 on penalties. After 120 minutes it was 1: 1 (1: 1, 1: 0).
The goalkeeper Kepa, who was substituted for the penalty shootout, parried Raul Albiol’s attempt and let the Blues cheer. The fact that Kai Havertz missed the first attempt for Chelsea did not take revenge. Hakim Ziyech (27th) gave Chelsea the lead in regular time, but Gerard Moreno (73rd) countered for Villarreal. Chelsea triumphed in the Supercup for the second time and put an end to a dark series. The Londoners lost in 2012, 2013 and 2019, respectively. After Jürgen Klopp (FC Liverpool) and Hansi Flick (FC Bayern), Tuchel was the third German coach in a row to celebrate victory in the traditional competition of the European Cup winners.
Chelsea: Mendy (119th Kepa) – Zouma (66th Christensen), Chalobah, Rüdiger – Hudson-Odoi (82nd Azpilicueta), Kante (65th Jorginho), Kovacic, Alonso – Ziyech (43rd Pulisic), Havertz – Werner (65th) . Mount). – Trainer: Tuchel
Villarreal: Asenjo – Foyth, Albiol, Pau Torres, Pedraza (58th Estupinan) – Trigueros (70th Gomez), Capoue (70th Gaspar), Alberto Moreno (85th Morlanes) – Pino (91st Mandi), Gerard Moreno, Dia ( 86. Raba). – Trainer: Emery
Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)
Gates: 1-0 Ziyech (27th), 1: 1 Gerard Moreno (73rd)
Penalties shoot: Asenjo (Villarreal) holds against Havertz, 0: 1 Gerard Moreno, 1: 1 Azpilicueta, Kepa (Chelsea) holds against Mandi, 2: 1 Alonso, 2: 2 Estupinan, 3: 2 Mount, 3: 3 Gomez, 4: 3 Jorginho, 4: 4 Raba, 5: 4 Pulisic, 5: 5 Foyth, 6: 5 Rüdiger, Kepa (Chelsea) holds against Albiol
Spectators: 13,000 (in Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Yellow cards: Rüdiger – Pino, Raba
From the start, Tuchel relied on striker Timo Werner, Champions League hero Kai Havertz and Antonio Rüdiger – and Chelsea got off to a strong start. Werner (6th) had the first opportunity early after a corner in Belfast, a little later N’Golo Kante (9th) shot just past.
Villarreal meanwhile had big problems with the pressing of the Londoners and made slight ball losses again and again. The 1-0 win for Chelsea was by no means surprising: Havertz served Ziyech in the penalty area and the Moroccan took the lead.
Rüdiger makes a mistake with serious consequences
A little later, however, Tuchel had worry lines on his forehead when Ziyech had to leave the field injured and may be missing at the start of the season on Saturday against Crystal Palace. Shortly afterwards, Rüdiger saw yellow after a hard climb, and Tuchel was also cautioned because he complained too vehemently. During this phase, Chelsea suffered a failure on the defensive – and that almost took revenge: Alberto Moreno (45 + 4) hit the crossbar with a volley.
Three minutes after the restart, Havertz (48th) narrowly missed, on the other side Gerard (52nd) hit the post after a mistake by Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy. Villarreal now fought for control step by step and presented Chelsea with big problems.
Tuchel reacted to the strong phase of the Spaniards with three changes. Among other things, European champion Jorginho came to have more presence in midfield. The hapless Werner also had to leave the field (65th), but Villarreal had the next big chance to equalize: Pervis Estupinan (67th) failed to Mendy, shortly afterwards Gerard struck after an unsuccessful pass from Rüdiger and ensured a thrilling final phase . In extra time, Chelsea seemed closer to the second goal.