As the excitement and the anticipation builds up ahead of 2021/22 campaign, the first continental trophy will be up for grabs on Wednesday night as Europa League winners Villarreal lock horns with Champions League winners Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The Blues head into the game aiming of secure their first major trophy ahead of 2021/22 campaign after had a remarkable second-half of the last season that saw them secured top-four spot in the Premier League and becoming European Champions.
The west London club also reached FA Cup final, but loss it to the hand of Leicester City before went it to lift the big one – the UEFA Champions League after Thomas Tuchel appointed in January to replace the sacked Frank Lampard.
The German coach did a tremendous job in a short period of time, and now set to begin his first full season in charge of the European champions, with the 47-year-old boss tactician will be gunning to kickstart the campaign with another trophy.
The Blues have had a few pre-season clashes building up to the game, as they defeated Peterborough United 6-1, Bournemouth and Arsenal 2-1 before head to 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur last Wednesday.
Nonetheless, things will be much different when they take the field at Windsor Park, with Unai Emery’s men were also ready for the mouthwatering clash.
The La-liga giants, in their first season under Unai Emery, went on to lift the Europa League trophy, seeing off Arsenal the semi-final stage before beating Manchester United in a tense penalty shootout in the finals.
The Yellow Submarine showcased formidable strength and doggedness to achieve success, and more of the same will be seen this evening when face Thomas Tuchel’s men, who eager to win the trophy for the second time in history.
Ahead of an exciting contest that will pit two former Paris Saint-Germain managers against each other, Thomas Tuchel has been handed quite a boost. On Wednesday, the Blues boss could well have a full strength squad at his disposal.
Moving on to predicted starting lineup, stars likes Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Jorginho, Ben Chilwell, and N’Golo Kanté likely to make Blues starting XI against Villarreal as Tuchel keen on start this campaign with major title.
There’s no doubt about the Edouard Mendy is likely pick between the sticks for Chelsea on Wednesday evening while Kepa Arrizabalaga could be the back-up of the Senegal international. get some minutes in the second half of the game.
Antonio Rudiger should be a shoo-in in the three-man defensive unit, while Kurt Zouma could also get the nod, despite being linked with an exit.
Cesar Azpilicueta could feature ahead of Thiago Silva as the final centre-back, although, Chalobah and Andreas Christensen are also options.
Callum Hudson-Odoi should line up as the right wing-back, considering James has only recently joined the camp while Marcos Alonso could get the nod on the left.
The duo’s forward forays will be a key component of Chelsea’s game on Wednesday. N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic, meanwhile, ought to form the midfield partnership, with Jorginho still not match fit after an extended break.
Hakim Ziyech has looked in fine touch in pre-season and should get the nod as one of the two attacking midfielders, with Kai Havertz likely to start as well, ahead of Christian Pulisic.
Upfront, Timo Werner will be given another shot at redemption ahead of Tammy Abraham, whose future remains uncertain.
Probable Lineup (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger; Hudson-Odoi, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso; Ziyech, Havertz; Werner
The full Chelsea squad available for selection against Villarreal
Goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Edouard Mendy, Marcus Bettinelli.
Defenders: Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azipilicueta, Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Palmieri Emerson, Trevoh Chalobah, Kurt Zouma.
Midfielder: N’Golo Kanté, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz.
Winger: Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech
Striker: Tammy Abraham, Timo Werner
When is kick off? Sunday 11 August, at 8:00PM
Where is the match being played? Windsor Park in Belfast