Villarreal faces the European Super Cup, before a Chelsea that arrives with the role of favorite, with the aim of fighting for the second title in its history, after having won last May the Europa League, despite adversity, in the form of injuries and affected by the covid-19 that have conditioned the pre-season preparation of the team he directs Unai emery in which he has not known the victory in the six friendly matches played this summer.
Chelsea, current champion of the Champions League, arrives as a favorite; having a calmer preseason, despite not having had their internationals; Although the London team is aware that they should not underestimate Villarreal, who already beat two of the most powerful Premier League clubs in the semifinals and the final of the Europa League, such as Arsenal and Manchester United, who also started with the vitola of favorites.
The Villarreal arrives in a difficult situation, since the accumulation of problems throughout the summer has not allowed them to prepare for this match as they expected, since they had to suspend the concentrations in Austria and England and suspend some planned preparation matches, and they have also had several injuries, with casualties sensitive like those of Dani Parejo.
Despite this, the people of Castellón know that this second chance to add another title is not very common for them, so they are aware of the importance and what is at stake.
Twelve casualties during the summer
Up to a total of twelve casualties came to accumulate this summer Villarreal, although for this final it seems that he will be able to recover the vast majority. Samu Chukwueze and Dani Parejo are ruled out for a long time, while Gero Rulli and Francis Coquelin are doubtful, who still do not train with the group. In addition, the bad news at the last minute is the problems of Argentine defender Juan Foyth, who with discomfort will also be a doubt until the very moment of the game.
On the other hand, Emery, who will seek his first Super Cup title after having previously lost two finals when he directed Sevilla, will be able to count on the Spanish international defender Pau Torres, who has joined the team after having played this summer the Eurocup and the Tokyo Olympics.
For its part, Chelsea have played four preparation matches in this summer period with a balance of three wins against Peterborough (6-1), Bournemouth (2-1) and Arsenal (2-1) And a tie against Totteham (2-2).
Tuchel has all the players available
Your technician, the German Thomas Tuchel, assured that “I have great respect for Villarreal and Unai Emery. I think they will go into this game with the feeling that they have nothing to lose but we will do everything possible to win the trophy. ”
Chelsea have played the European Super Cup four times, lifting the title in their first appearance after defeating Real Madrid in Monaco in 1998, but they have lost the last three they have played against Atlético de Madrid (2012), Bayern Munich (2012) and Liverpool (2019).
The internationals who played in the last European Championship joined last week under the command of Tuchel, who does not have casualties in their ranks, so their presence in the starting eleven is the great unknown, although in principle it seems that the coach will have them.
Chelsea: Mendy; Zouma, Thiago Silva or Azpilicueta, Rüdiger; James or Hudson-Odoi, Kanté, Kovacic, Marcos Alonso; Havertz, Ziyech; Werner
Villarreal CF: Asenjo; Mario, Albiol, Pau, Alberto Moreno; Iborra or Capoue, Trigueros, Morlanes; Gerard, Dia, Yeremi Pino.
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Stadium: Windsor Park in Belfast.
Schedule: 19.00 GMT (21.00 CET).