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Today’s UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul                                     Liverpool, Chelsea in Super Cup final

botchway August 14, 2019


The Uefa Super Cup takes centre stage on Wednesday with Champions League winners Liverpool taking on Europa League victors Chelsea at the Besiktas Park in Istanbul.

It is a big opportunity for one of these two sides to win their first piece of silverware this season, but just how much should you care about the game?

Here are some reasons why it is a fixture worth your time.

English sides meet for first time

The Super Cup has effectively made its home in the trophy cabinet of a Spanish club in recent years, with the past five winners all from Spain.

But it will, for the first time in 14 years, be heading to England this year, with this game being the first time it has been contested between two Premier League sides.

In total seven Super Cup finals have been between domestic rivals – five involving Spanish teams, including four since 2014, and two all-Italian ones.

History will be made

When Stephanie Frappart takes charge of the Uefa Super Cup between Chelsea and Liverpool on Wednesday, it could be argued it’s not even the biggest game she has refereed this summer.

The French official will make history by becoming the first female to officiate in a major men’s European match on Wednesday.

But having also taken charge of the Women’s World Cup final in July and Ligue 1 matches in France since April, she says she won’t be feeling any extra pressure.

She will line up alongside assistant referees Manuela Nicolosi of Italy and Michelle O’Neill from the Republic of Ireland, who also joined her at the World Cup.

Turkish male referee Cuneyt Cakir will be the fourth official in his home city of Istanbul.

Lampard could win his first trophy as Chelsea boss

Frank Lampard had a debut in the dugout to forget on Sunday. The new Chelsea boss watched his young side go down 4-0 to rivals Manchester United, although the scoreline was harsh on the Blues.

They dominated in the first half with 55% possession and hit the woodwork twice but perhaps paid the price for a relatively inexperienced forward line that included Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount, who were making their first Premier League starts for Chelsea.

Lampard is keen to put his faith in the club’s young players but forward Willian is set to return from injury and the former England midfielder may opt for more experience on Wednesday to counter the threat of Liverpool’s lethal attack.

Premier League weekend suggests there will be goals

It was raining goals in the opening round of Premier League games and both Liverpool and Chelsea were involved in high-scoring games.

The Reds kicked off their domestic campaign with a 4-1 thumping of Norwich in the season opener on Friday, while Chelsea lost 4-0 to Manchester United on Sunday.

A leaky defence versus a free-scoring attack suggests at least one goalkeeper could be busy scooping the ball out of the back of his net on Wednesday.

Historically, though, games in Europe between these two sides have been tight affairs.

This will be the 11th time Liverpool and Chelsea have met in a Uefa competition, with five of those matches ending in a draw. Liverpool have two wins to Chelsea’s three, with only one game having been won a by a margin of more than one goal.

Chelsea to miss N’Golo Kante

The France international missed the majority of pre-season due a knee injury that dates back to the end of last season.

Kante was named on the bench during the game at Old Trafford but sustained a ankle injury during his late cameo against United.

Manager Frank Lampard has revealed the World Cup winner is a major doubt for Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash against Liverpool in Istanbul due to the fresh knock.

‘He [Kante] picked up another small injury in the game [against United] which again is a danger if you try to bring players in, so we are assessing that ahead of the game.’


Liverpool will be without Alisson Becker

Champions League holders Liverpool will be without Alisson Becker for “a number of weeks” after the number one goalkeeper suffered a calf injury during their 4-1 Premier League victory over Norwich City last Friday.

Adrian came off the bench for his Liverpool debut in that game at Anfield, while Andy Lonergan – who went on tour with the club to the USA this summer due to a lack of keepers – is expected to sign a short-term contract and take a place on the bench in Istanbul.

Naby Keita appears unlikely to feature after limping out of training at Vodafone Park on Tuesday evening with what appears to be a muscle complaint.


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