UEFA Super Cup - Chelsea vs Villareal
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The Blues play Europa League champions Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup final, which will be Thomas Tuchel’s third final as Chelsea manager; how will both teams line up?

Chelsea qualified for the Champions League final after defeating Manchester City, while the Yellow Submarines qualified by defeating Manchester United on penalties in the Europa League final.

The Super Cup, while not as prestigious as the Champions League or Europa League, is nevertheless an important competition, especially with the season opener just around the corner.

 

Chelsea will meet Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday, August 11 at Windsor Park in Belfast.

Chelsea are huge favourites, but so were Manchester United in the Europa League final, and Villarreal shocked everyone.

The Spanish side is far from a pushover, but they lack the firepower of Chelsea after placing eighth in La Liga last season.

But, more importantly, how will each team line up?

Chelsea vs Villareal UEFA Super Cup Possible Lineup
Chelsea vs Villareal UEFA Super Cup Possible Lineup

Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel has a vast roster at his disposal, but some players aren’t totally healthy after participating in the European Championship.

The players who will compete in the final, Chelsea’s English and Italian contingent, will not participate from the start and are unlikely to play at all. They are also unlikely to feature in Chelsea’s Premier League opener against Crystal Palace.

Chelsea is yet to acknowledge Romelu Lukaku as a player, and the club is running out of time to register him in time for the final. As a result, even if he is registered, he is unlikely to start.

In terms of starting lineups, Edouard Mendy has returned to form in goal, while Kurt Zouma and Antonio Rudiger will almost certainly be selected. The only remaining question is who will join them on the field. Despite impressing in pre-season, Trevoh Chalobah has not flown with the squad, thus Cesar Azpilicueta or Andreas Christensen are set to start.

Since Reece James isn’t entirely fit yet, Callum Hudson-Odoi will start on the right, with Marcos Alonso on the left.

Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante will command the midfield, while Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, and Timo Werner will lead the front line.

Villarreal

Villarreal have added much-needed depth to their squad this summer, but it won’t be enough to beat the Blues.

They have a few injury concerns, and some of their players are concerned about COVID-19.

Sergio Asenjo, though, will start in goal, alongside Juan Foyth at right back. Raul Albiol will partner Aissa Mandi at the back, with Alfonso Pedraza at left-back.

Pau Torres will not play because he competed in the Olympics.

 

Yeremy was a standout performer in the Europa League final and is expected to have another successful season. Samuel Chukwueze’s fitness is still unknown, but he could be used as a substitute.

Etienne Capoue will very certainly be paired with Manu Morlanes, with Manu Trigueros on the left, as he was against Manchester United.

Gerard Moreno and Paco Alcacer will lead the midfield, with new acquisition Boulaye Dia ready to come off the bench.

By Clive Banda

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