Date: Friday, August 30
Time: 19:45 BST
Television: ITV 1 (UK)
Live stream: UEFA.com
Champions League winners Bayern Munich will face the Europa League Champions Chelsea in the first UEFA Super Cup to be held outside Monaco since 1998.
The venue this time is Prague, and the Blues will doubtless be relieved not to revisit the Stade Louis II. Competing for the trophy for the second consecutive year in the 2012/13 season, the Blues were handed a 4-1 drubbing by Atletico Madrid, courtesy of a Radamel Falcao hat-trick in the first 30 minutes of the match. They then won the ignominious honour of becoming the first Champions League holders to exit the competition at the group stage in the following season.
While the opportunity to redeem their European reputation will encourage Chelsea, Bayern have a score to settle in this match.
Chelsea's participation in last year's Super Cup was secured when they beat Bayern Munich in their own back yard. The Germans had gone to the trouble of spelling out "Our City, Our Stadium, Our Trophy" in the crowd and dominated the match, before Didier Drogba spoiled their party with a last-minute header.
After veteran Bayern midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger missed his penalty in the shootout, it was Drogba again who stepped up to seal the Blues’ victory.
Both sides have had changes of personnel since their last meeting. Jupp Heynckes and Roberto Di Matteo have left their managerial positions to be replaced by Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, respectively. The two coaches have history from their time in charge of Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, and their rivalry has been renewed ahead of this meeting.
According to Goal.com's Andrew Wychrij, Mourinho has questioned whether Bayern are “as good” as the side that won the treble a few months ago, while Guardiola has kept his distance from the mind games.
There have been plenty of changes on the pitch too. Chelsea will no longer be able to call on Drogba to perform his heroics, although Romelu Lukaku presents a more than adequate replacement. Mourinho will also sweat on the fitness of David Luiz as the centre-half recovers from a hamstring injury. Juan Mata could return to the starting lineup having sat out Monday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United due to a lack of match fitness, while veteran Frank Lampard will be given a much-needed rest.
Andre Schurrle, Kevin De Bruyne and Marco van Ginkel offer youth and vitality to the squad, while Victor Moses has failed to make the cut.
If the “doubtful” players are deemed fit to play, Mourinho will most likely start with this XI.
Guardiola is also waiting for a late fitness test on a key player after Schweinsteiger sprained his ankle at the weekend. Former Blue Arjen Robben will start against the manager who led him to back-to-back Premier League titles as Guardiola will surely include him in his strongest XI.
Although the Super Cup lacks the same lustre as the season-long competitions that qualify teams for the final, this grudge match will certainly be one to watch. You can follow all the action right here on Bleacher Report on Friday from 7 p.m. BST.
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