Frank Lampard played in 2013 the final final of the European Super Cup in which Spanish teams did not participate. Since then, there has always been at least one LaLiga representative in this tournament. Five seasons in which the midfielder has had time to hang up his boots, train as a coach and take the Chelsea bench to replace Sarri. Today he will lead his usual team in search of his first coach title and break the curse that follows him in this competition, which he lost that 2013 against Bayern on penalties after a two-way tie, and which had also escaped a year earlier against Atlético de Madrid (1-4) in Monaco.
Today in Istanbul a long streak with Spanish prominence is broken in the first important title of each season. The Premier League takes the witness with a Liverpool-Chelsea (9:00 p.m. / Movistar Champions League) who has the current European champion as a favorite. In the previous five editions the dominance of LaLiga has been almost abusive, since in four of them both teams were Spanish and in 2018 both rivals were from the same city for the first time in the history of the tournament.
The repeated triumphs of Real Madrid and Sevilla in the Champions League and in the Europa League, respectively, have allowed this domain to which Barcelona joined after winning its last European Cup in 2015, and Atlético de Madrid with the Europa League that rescued in 2017 after falling into the group stage in Champions.
Now this tournament is going to change hands and confirms the dominance of the Premier League, which last year monopolized the two great European finals. Chelsea, still of Hazard, defeated Emery's Arsenal to lift the Europa League, while Liverpool took off the thorn of the previous year and claimed the "orejona" at the expense of a somewhat less experienced Tottenham in games of this level.
Summer has passed and Jurgen Klopp's are still as fit as before the holidays. Almost nothing has changed, neither large purchases nor luxury sales. They keep the same block fed by the optimism of their coach, capable of making players feel somewhat irregular. The best example is Origi, protagonist in the comeback against Barça, in the victory against Tottenham and start last Friday at the start with a win in the Premier League. Surely today the Belgian will be a substitute to leave the site to Firmino with Mané and Salah, the luxury trident of Anfield.
Opposite, Chelsea de Lampard, a rookie coach who is guaranteed to have been a star and idol in Stamford Bridge. Behind the board of the "scientist" Sarri, the "blues" bet on the fashion of young technicians with a glorious past as footballers. He is pressed by the hard defeat in his league premiere against United and with his game idea still to be implemented. His rival, on the other hand, knows the memory plan.
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