One of Europe’s biggest football spectacles will take place on Fri. Aug. 31 in Monaco when Champions League winners Chelsea from the English Premier League will be kicking off against Spanish Primera Division team Atletico Madrid, the winners of the Europa League.
Chelsea has gotten off to a flying start in England this year with three wins in three games and leads the league. Chelsea has gotten rid of a lot of dead wood over the offseason as Didier Drogba, Jose Bosingwa, and Salomon Kalou all left the London-based club. A few new players were brought in with Belgian star Eden Hazard having an immediate positive impact on the squad.
Chelsea’s confidence should be sky high right now after winning the FA Cup and Champions League and going 3-0 to start the season. However, they did manage to lose the Community Shield 3-2 to Man City. Striker Fernando Torres has finally come to life and Hazard may have something to do with this due to the newcomer’s inspired play.
Even though this game is billed by UEFA as the Super Cup, it’s not really seen as anything much more competitive than the English Community Shield and is treated by some as a bit of a friendly. However, Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo is definitely talking the game up by saying his club is going to be taking the match as seriously as any other since it’s a chance to win some silverware. This means he should be playing his top players.
Chelsea skipper John Terry will have to sit this match out though as he’s still suspended from last season’s Champion League when he received a red card in the semi final leg in Barcelona. Look for Gary Cahill and David Luiz to play in central defence. Chelsea also has a couple of brand new players in Victor Moses and Cesar Azpilicueta. Hopefully they’ll also be able to show supporters what they’re capable of in Monaco.
Chelsea won the Champions League in a penalty shootout against Bayern Munich in Germany while Atletico Madrid won the Europa league final 3-0 against fellow La Liga club Athletic Bilbao. Atletico Madrid is a pretty strong side and Colombian international striker Radamel Falco is their top man. Chelsea will need to keep their eye on him at all times and keeper Petr Cech will need to be sharp against the Spanish club. Chelsea’s attack is playing well, but they still concede goals, so we could see a few of them in this game.
Atletico Madrid has a draw and a win after two league games so far this season and has scored five goals along the way. This game could certainly end up with a score line of something like 3-2, but you’d probably have to flip a coin for the winner of it.
Bet365 has the latest match odds at 5/4 for a Chelsea win and 11/5 for an Atletico Madrid victory. A draw is presently at 9/4.