Fans are always in for a thrilling affair when the winner of the UEFA Champions League faces the victor from the UEFA Europa League, but today’s UEFA Super Cup contest in Prague between Bayern Munich and Chelsea promises to be even more enthralling than usual.
It’s a prestigious contest rife with intriguing storylines:
- Bayern Munich, who claimed UCL glory at Wembley Stadium last year, is aiming for revenge after Chelsea defeated them on penalties in the 2012 Champions League final on Bavarian soil. This marks the first time in the 38-year history of the UEFA Super Cup that consecutive Champions League winners will square off.
- Managers Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, two of the sports most glamorous and accomplished managers, will lock horns for the 16th time and reignite an old, crunching, caustic rivalry from their days leading Barcelona and Real Madrid in El Clasico contests. Guardiola replaced the retired Jupp Heynckes while Mourinho came back to the Blues following Rafa Benetiz’s interim stint.
- Chelsea will aim to wash away the memory of last year’s Super Cup failure when 2012 UEFA Europa League winners Atletico Madrid demolished the Londoners 4-1 on the back of a Rademl Falcao first-half hat trick.
- Bayern Munich will seek to become the first German team to win the crown.
This is a contest dotted with dominant players, including Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery, who on Thursday was named UEFA Best Player in Europe, and Chelsea’s ageless wonder Frank Lampard, still the club’s heartbeat, two decorated clubs and remarkable managers, but today at Eden Arena there can be only one winner.
Who do you think will emerge victorious?