Chelsea FC, Champions of Europe. While for many, that night in Porto still hasn’t sunk in, the new season marches on and Chelsea will line up for the first time in 2021/22 for the European Super Cup. And what better way to start the new season than with yet another European Trophy. Standing in Chelsea’s way however, is another European specialist of sorts. It’s the European Super Cup. It’s Chelsea vs Villarreal!
Chelsea vs Villarreal: It’s Blue vs Yellow in This Primary Tussle
Many Chelsea fans will know Villarreal manager Unai Emery all too well from his slightly underwhelming time at Arsenal but there is no doubt of his European pedigree. The 49 year old Spanish coach has won the Europa League four times, including last season with Villarreal, although is yet to win a European Super Cup.
On the other hand, Thomas Tuchel has never participated in the Super Cup. Chelsea last lifted the trophy in 1998, but have had a fairly poor record in the Competition since. Defeats in 2012, 2013, and 2019 will surely still sting but there is a feeling that the squad is better equipped for success this time around. Pre-season has been strange but successful, players look sharp and there are no notable injuries going into the game. With the momentum from last season, this should be a good opportunity for Chelsea to win their first trophy of the new campaign.
One slight blow is that the Blues will likely be without new signing Romelu Lukaku for this one, meaning Kai Havertz and Timo Werner will surely get the nod up front. There was hope that the talismanic Belgian’s move would be completed in time to at least make the squad but difficulties on Inter’s end mean that he is unlikely to join the group in time.
Despite this, Chelsea will still be considered firm favourites and Thomas Tuchel will see this game as a chance to build confidence and hopefully kick-start a successful season. It will be interesting to see if Chelsea can maintain or build on the level we saw in crucial European games towards the end of last season.
All this considered, lets find out what the writers at The Chelsea Social think will happen in Chelsea vs Villarreal.
It’s Chelsea vs Villareal in the Super Cup! It’s been a long time Chelsea has entered this fixture as reigning Champions League winners and is just exactly the kind of high stakes clash to get the season underway!
With the transfer window dominating the headlines, including players departing the club and some said to be joining, it is nice to be switching our attention to the on field action. We have had a few pre season games to get the ball rolling so to speak and from each game there was one clear sign – when we play our primary stars and team, we are a formidable force for any opponent.
With the likes of the ever-present Kanté marshalling the midfield, our impenetrable defence, along with the German duo and Moroccan Magician who are looking fit and fresh, and considering the star players that have yet to return (Mount, Chilwell and Jorginho), my overarching feeling is of confidence yet intrigue. Not only does this match allow us an opportunity to acquire another major piece of silverware, but equally importantly, it gives Tuchel and the fans a final insight as to who should earn their place in the starting XI for the Palace opener.
While there’s talks of a certain striker possibly joining the squad at the 11th hour to take part in the Super Cup, I have full faith in the current crop we have to get the job done and propel us to a positive start to this campaign.
Final Score: Chelsea 2 – 1 Villarreal
Chelsea Extra (@CFCExtra)
Villareal were a formidable side in the Europa League last season, but with renewed confidence and great international peThis will be my first-time seeing Chelsea live in about 2 years and I can’t wait. Our win in Porto still hasn’t quite registered for me but I can’t think of a better way to start the new season than with winning the Super Cup.
Chelsea vs Villarreal could shape up to be an interesting game. For all his criticism while at Arsenal, I think Unai Emery is actually a pretty good coach and will set his team up well. Thankfully, we trust in Thomas Tuchel and have adept squad depth to deal with the English and Italian absentees. The likes of Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and N’golo Kante have also looked sharp in preseason. I can see them have a big impact on the way we play today.
I can also see our pace in attack causing Villarreal big problems. Raul Albiol is in the twilight of his career and Pau Torres is coming off the back of an incredibly busy summer with Spain at the Olympics/Euros. As a result, he surely won’t be at his sharpest. If Timo Werner can time his runs properly and stay onside, then I think he’ll have joy. I’m expecting this to be a hard-fought game, but one that Chelsea will eventually come through as winners.
Final Score: Chelsea 2 – 0 Villarreal
Rey Stevinho (@Rey_Blues30)
As Chelsea looms on sealing Romelu Lukaku, we face a hefty challenge against Villarreal for another chance at silverware. The opportunity for redemption is up to grabs as we aim to make amends from our 2019 defeat.
Unai Emery’s Villarreal will not be simple as they will be hard to break down in their two banks of four. I expect us to start without Lukaku as it might be too late to register the Belgian in time for the game. But who knows, never say never.
Our 3-4-3 favored formation will be the expected lineup but the question is who will feature. After a wonderful preseason start, I hope to see Hakim Ziyech retain his position in the lineup alongside Kai Havertz. They both showed some signs of chemistry during their game against Arsenal and Tottenham in the Mind preseason tournament series. We will have to be extra cautious especially on the counter with the El Submarino looking to hit us in transition.
Nevertheless, Chelsea will be the favorites and all the pressure will fall on Tuchel to jumpstart the new season right and add another significant trophy to their collection. It will be exciting days to see us back in the European stage and here’s to a good result. My final prediction is a feisty 2-1 win where we struggle to capitalize on key chances but end up closing the deal with a win. It’s Chelsea vs Villarreal! Up the Chels!
Final Score: Chelsea 2 – 1 Villarreal
Dan Hill (@idanknow05)
As far as pre-seasons go, Chelsea have had quite a solid if interrupted one. Such unprecedented involvement by all the Chelsea players (seventeen of them if I have my numbers correct) has meant a staggered introduction of players as they return from the Euros and the Copa America. It’s not ideal, but it’s reality. As a result, going into a very important UEFA Super Cup clash will Villarreal, it is unlikely that we will see a repeat of the Champions League Final XI on Wednesday.
Going into this tie, Chelsea are arguably favourites. That is a curious tag for Chelsea as things haven’t gone their way at all in each of the last three editions of this competition. In 2012, they were favourites against then-Europa League winners Atletico Madrid. Chelsea lost 4-1. They then played Bayern Munich in 2013 as underdogs and lost on penalties. The same happened to Chelsea in 2019 against Liverpool. They weren’t favourites and lost on penalties. And if there is anything to be learnt about Villarreal and Unai Emery, it is that they should not be taken lighlty at all. This is a manager who specialises in preparing his team for a knockout match. They won their first trophy in nearly 20 years. They will be looking to add a second in a matter of months.
Fitness and selection issues aside, Thomas Tuchel will be well aware of underestimating Villarreal. He will ensure that his Chelsea team take this match seriously and look to break the duck of three defeats in a row. Hakim Ziyech has been in terrific form, so I would expect him to start and carry the momentum he has built up into the game. He would be the one to watch for me. I would expect Tuchel to continue in a 3-4-2-1 formation and continue to exploit the tactical benefits of it.
This will be a tough match but to become a winning team, continuing to garner trophies is the way to do it. I would back Chelsea to do just that, as difficult as it may be.
Chelsea 2 – 1 Villarreal (AET)
Written by Chelsea Extra (@CFCExtra).
Contributions by RJ, Chelsea Extra, Rey and Dan.
Edited by Dan Hill.
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