Chelsea looks to give Villarreal the blues

The 46th edition of the UEFA Super Cup, which sees UEFA Champions League winners
Chelsea take on UEFA Europa League winners Villarreal comes off at Windsor Park in
Belfast on Wednesday 11 August 2021 will be live and exclusive on SuperSport to viewers
on DStv and GOtv.
Villarreal were surprise winners of the UEFA Europa League last term, but the Spanish
side is looking to build on their success and will use this clash against continental
champions Chelsea as a yard-stick to measure their progress ahead of competing in the
UEFA Champions League this term.
“We showed that we can compete with the best teams in Europe,” said Villarreal manager
Unai Emery. “Chelsea are a strong opponent who showed their quality by winning the
biggest competition last season. This will be a tough test, but we are prepared for it.”
Chelsea, meanwhile, will want to keep up the momentum they built under coach Thomas
Tuchel. Winning the UEFA Champions League seemed an unlikely outcome when the
German manager joined them midway through last season, but the challenge now is to
keep up their level of performance across all competitions for a whole campaign.
“We have to be on point to reproduce the kind of performances that we have already
shown. We need to forget success and restart from scratch, this is the challenge in sports.
This is what we demand from ourselves and then we demand it from the players,” said
Tuchel.
Key players
N’Golo Kante – The French midfielder put in one of the all-time great final performances to
help Chelsea defeat Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League back in May.
Kante’s energy, adaptability and intelligence will again be key to the Blues’ hopes of
success in 2021-22.
Samuel Chukwueze – The Nigerian winger is Villarreal’s most creative and effective
attacking player, using his pace and trickery to devastating effect down either flank. If he
can get a run at Chelsea’s defenders, then an upset triumph for the Spanish side could be
on the cards.
Head-to-head stats
In head-to-head stats, this will be the first-ever meeting of Chelsea and Villarreal.
Battles to watch
Etienne Capoue v Jorginho
A classic midfield battle, with the hard-working Etienne Capoue hoping to give Villarreal a
foothold in the middle of the park, while Jorginho will be focused on keeping Chelsea
ticking over with his efficient passing.
Boulaye Dia v Antonio Rudiger

Villarreal’s new Senegalese signing will be looking to make a major statement of intent for
the season to come, though he’ll have to be at his best to get the better of centre-back
Antonio Rudiger, whose positional play and reading of the game is sublime.
Pau Torres v Timo Werner
Pau Torres is regarded as one of the best up-and-coming defenders in Europe but he
faces a genuine challenge in the shape of Timo Werner – the German’s finishing can be
iffy, but his pace and movement are a constant threat in attack.
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UEFA Super Cup broadcast details, 11 August 2021
Wednesday 11 August
7pm: Chelsea v Villarreal – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League, and SuperSport
GOtv Football

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