Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea: Bayern Will Be First German Team to Win Super Cup
Bayern Munich is going to find some revenge for Chelsea's come-from-behind win in the 2012 Champions League final by taking down the Blues to win Friday's Super Cup final.
And what a matchup this is. Not only do we have two fabulous clubs with a recent history, but two top-flight managers locked in an epic rivalry.
Have a quick look at the vitals, and then I'll continue:
When: Friday, August 30
Time: 19:45 BST
Television: ITV 1 (UK)
Live stream: UEFA.com
Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will have their first meeting since leaving their respective La Liga clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona. These two are used to talented battles, and they know each other's tendencies and tricks.
UEFA Super Cup 2013 Bayern Munich vs Chelsea • Eden Arena • Sabtu, 31 Agt • Live SCTV 01.45 WIB pic.twitter.com/ylDiZhts5a— Komunitas Chelsea (@Komunitas_CFC) August 27, 2013
I'm not trying to pretend that there isn't a lot to like about Mourinho's and Chelsea's chances. Not only will the Blues draw on the experience of beating Bayern in the Champions League final in Germany, but they've been playing wonderfully.
Mourinho's club sits atop the English Premier League with an unblemished record.
Still, I can't pick them to come out on top of this match. Bayern has far too much going for them.
For starters, Bayern are not the same monster they were in 2012. They proved that by going one step further and winning the Champions League last year. But, even beyond that, Bayern upgraded during the offseason. Expectations are sky-high for Bayern.
This side has a legitimate claim to being the best team in the world. Other than a loss in July in the DFL-Supercup to Dortmund, Bayern has looked strong.
Yes, they surprisingly dropped two points in the last league match against Freiburg, but Guardiola rested seven first teamers. That, in itself, is a testament to Guardiola's desire to win this match.
While Mourinho managed to find success with Real Madrid against Barcelona and Guardiola by battling his possession-heavy style with fierce counter attacks, that is not going to work this time.
Chelsea has some nice speed, but it lacks the dynamic finishing of Cristiano Ronaldo.
With the likes of Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle, Chelsea will look for quick-strike counters but will find that transition difficult.
This Bayern squad has no real holes and a midfield that is going to make few mistakes.
Chelsea is going to find counter opportunities few and far between, and when they do find them, they won't be able to convert that into scores.
Bayern will win, 2-0.
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