Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea: 3 Things We Learned from Super Cup Clash

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Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea: 3 Things We Learned from Super Cup Clash
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Romelu Lukaku missed the final penalty of the night to give Bayern the victory.

Bayern Munich's victory over Chelsea means Jose Mourinho still has not won a Super Cup, while the German club have now avenged their Champions League shootout defeat to their rivals a year ago.

 

These things will all be spoken of following Bayern's come-from-behind win, but they shouldn't be the focus of the conversation.

 

The night produced enough talking points to relegate the managerial and club rivalries to the background. Three of these are listed below.

 

Fernando Torres Seems Reinvigorated

Since his arrival at Chelsea, Torres has been a shadow of the player he was at Liverpool. Bereft of confidence and the instinctive touch so crucial to his game, he's cut a forlorn figure.

In this game, however, he seemed to be at the centre of Chelsea's inventive attacking play. The aggressive finish that brought Chelsea's first goal was a throwback to the pre-Chelsea Torres.

There has been a lot of sniping at the Spaniard while he struggles with his form, so it would be fantastic to see him back to his best.

Metro has linked Torres with a move back to Liverpool, and Mourinho has looked reticent to play him in the Premier League. He may have just played his way back into contention. Either that or raised his asking price, anyway.

 

Mourinho's Influence is Already Strong

It seems obvious to state that Chelsea played like a Mourinho-coached team. Yet it's difficult to sum up their performance in any other way.

After being reduced to 10 men, they produced a determined and dogged display that was within five seconds of being enough to win the game. Mourinho was typically candid in his post-match interview—it was clear that he considered his side deserving of the victory.

On the basis of this performance, Chelsea are immediately buying in to their manager's ethos. Strong and confident in attack; organised and efficient in defence, even against an overwhelming onslaught. That's not a bad combination on which to mount a league title challenge. 

 

Bayern are Going to be Just as Dominant in 2013

Mourinho may have thought Chelsea deserved to win, but the main statistics disagreed with him. BBC Sport noted that Bayern had 63 percent of the possession, along with 35 shots to Chelsea's 14. Of these 35 shots, 19 reached the target.

Much of the game was played in Chelsea's half—some of this due to the extra man, obviously—and Bayern looked ominous every time they built up an attacking move. Franck Ribery was a constant threat on the left and Chelsea looked outgunned in midfield.

Mourinho's decision to leave out Juan Mata will no doubt be scrutinised, as will the decision to give Romelu Lukaku the responsibility of taking the fifth penalty.

Nevertheless, the German champions of Europe are going to smother most teams in the world and will feel the result accurately reflected the way the game played out.

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