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 had a remarkable second-half of the last season that saw them secured top-four spot in the Premier League after looking done and dusted.
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 hade 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, Sportarena provided update regarding the Champions League winners squad.
After a series of training session and pre-season friendlies matches contest, Thomas Tuchel has named a formidable 24-man squad for the trip to Belfast that sees several regulars return while a few new faces also get a chance.
There is a place for new signing Marcus Bettinelli and youngster Trevor Chalobah, who has made quite the impression in the pre-season fixtures. The likes of Reece Jame, Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell, Palmieri Emerson and Jorginho, who went to the finals of the UEFA Euro 2020, all feature as well.
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
Also there’s a lot of impression from Thomas Tuchel’s men during their final preparations at Windsor Park on Tuesday evening.
Club academy product, Callum Hudson-Odoi, who made impact during Chelsea’s pre-season campaign, showcased his real potential as he scored a stunning goal in Tuesday’s training session.
Hakim Ziyech, who has been excellent form since start of the summer, with five goals and additional of one assists, also delivered long-range effort in Blues final preparations ahead of Villarreal clash.
Mason Mount, on the other hand, showcased some nice shooting while rest of Tuchel’s men put through their paces as German coach and his staff took this last opportunity to get their team ready to face Villarreal at the same venue this evening.
The Blues will aiming of secure the prize for the second time in history, after win the title back in 1998, when they defeat Real Madrid 1-0, thank late goal from Gus Poyet.
Chelsea, then suffered 4-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid in 2012, with
Radamel Falcao scored an hat-trick to helped the Spanish capital club secured the titles over the west London club.
Now the Blues had chance to secure the prize in second time in history and Thomas Tuchel’s men have already showcased signs of full prepared for tonight clash as they impressive throughout their pre-season campaign.