With the draw for the Champions League group stages taking place on Thursday, the appetite for club football’s greatest cup competition is only going to grow over the coming weeks ahead of the first round of matches in mid-September.
We don’t have to wait too much longer to witness some heavyweights of the game in action, however, with Chelsea and Bayern Munich coming to blows in the UEFA Super Cup tomorrow (Friday).
It’s a repeat of the 2012 Champions League final when the Blues overcame Die Roten at the Allianz Arena on penalties to lift the European Cup on an evening filled with tense drama.
This time out, though, it will be Bayern claiming bragging rights in Prague as it is they who currently carry the label of European champions, overcoming their disappointment from a year earlier to defeat Borussia Dortmund in last season’s Wembley showpiece.
Just as Bayern were able to set things straight in the Champions League in 2013, winning the Europa League last term gives Chelsea a similar opportunity in the Super Cup.
In the last Super Cup fixture to be held in Monaco’s Stade Louis II stadium, a Falcao-inspired Atletico Madrid defeated the Blues 4-1 in 2012, so they will be hoping for a somewhat better performance this time out.
With old foes Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola coming face-to-face in the dugout once more, this year’s Super Cup promises to be just as exciting.
As the clock ticks down to kick off, Bleacher Report looks at some of the key battles that will take place.