Fri 31 Aug 2012 19:45 (Attendance: 14,312)
Chelsea eyes, used to turning towards Monte Carlo at this time of the year for the Champions League draw, have reason to keep gazing on. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton look at our second Super Cup against opposition from the Spanish capital in part one of their preview…
Created in 1972 by a Dutchman determined to show that his fellow countrymen Ajax were the continent's top dogs, the Super Cup remains something of an honorary title rather than empirical proof of superiority.
Never the less, you have to be in it to win it. By becoming the first London club to win the Champions League, this Chelsea side are also the first from the capital to contest the trophy since their forebears, Wise, Desailly, Zola and co. in 1998.
Roberto Di Matteo, who tonight plots to make Chelsea the eighth club to have won the Super Cup more than once, played in midfield during the Blues' 1-0 victory over Real Madrid 14 years ago. No other London side has won this trophy.
It is fitting that the winners of the first Super Cup of the long Stade Louis II residency should also participate in the last, after which the match becomes a moveable feast. In it will be played in Prague, followed by Cardiff in 2014 and Tbilisi in 2015.
A UEFA event since its second year, 1973, and known as the European Super Cup until 1992, the early competition led something of a wild-child existence. The fact the 1973 contest was played in 1974 speaks volumes.
Until 1998, when Monaco became home (pictured below), it was of no fixed abode or date, beginning as a two-legged affair scheduled at the convenience of the contestants: the winners of the previous season's European Cup and Cup-Winners' Cup (later the winners of the UEFA Cup, and now Europa League).
However, it was reduced to a single match in a neutral ground on several occasions and in 1974, when the qualifiers were our vanquished opponents Bayern Munich and Magdeburg - on either side of a divided Germany - politics meant the event did not take place at all. (The first of three blank seasons over the years.)
The experience of England representatives is telling. Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest played Barcelona home and away over two weeks in January 1980; Aston Villa did exactly the same three years later. Other times it was squeezed around the domestic calendar in September or December.
Although Clough's announcement back in 1980 that he would be treating the games 'as seriously as any other European tie', only 23,000 attended the City Ground leg, with 80,000 at Camp Nou. (Like Chelsea last season, a draw was enough for Forest to beat the Catalans at home on aggregate.)
Just 22,000 turned up on a chilly Tuesday in November 1991 to see Man United beat Red Star Belgrade at Old Trafford - 7,000 down on their average gate at the time, and their worst home crowd of the season.
If the European public appear to take the 'exhibition match' more seriously than their English counterpart, the same might be levelled at clubs. Only Liverpool, with three, are multiple winners so far.
English teams have contested the Super Cup on 13 occasions winning seven and losing six. Spanish teams have played in 16 finals winning nine and losing seven. AC Milan (five) and Barcelona (four) have won the Super Cup the most times.
Impressive young Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, signed from Genk in July last year and loaned to tonight's opponents, is in line to play against his parent club. Unlike the Premier League, Uefa allows loan players to play. Last season he kept 23 clean sheets in 52 games in all competitions, including the final, a 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.
If necessary 30 minutes extra time will be played and then penalties if scores are still level.
Chelsea have won three of our last five penalty shoot-outs, the last being at the Allianz Arena for the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
Atlético have lost all three previous shoot-outs in European competition.
|English teams in the Uefa Super Cup|
Last five years
2007 - AC Milan 3-1 Sevilla
2008 - Zenit St Petersburg 2-1 Manchester United
2009 - Barcelona 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk (aet)
2010 - Atlético Madrid 2-0 Inter
2011 - Barcelona 2-0 Porto
The Stade Louis II has a capacity of 18,523.
There is a full Premier League programme this weekend apart from Chelsea v Reading, which was scheduled for this weekend but brought forward and played on 22 August, resulting in the 4-2 win that puts the Blues top of the Premier League. Only Swansea (+8 goal difference to Chelsea's +6) and Everton (+3) can leapfrog Di Matteo's men with a win at the weekend, going into a two-week international break.
Barclays Premier League fixtures
West Ham v Fulham 12.45pm - Sky Sports
Swansea v Sunderland 3pm
Tottenham v Norwich 3pm
West Brom v Everton 3pm
Wigan v Stoke 3pm
Manchester City v QPR 5.30pm - ESPN
Liverpool v Arsenal 1.30pm - Sky Sports
Newcastle v Aston Villa 4pm
Southampton v Manchester United 4pm - Sky Sports
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In the second part of their preview to Chelsea's second appearance in the Super Cup, club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton look at the way the teams may play and the figures behind the fixture…
Both sides arrive in good shape. Chelsea are three points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League, while Atlético lie sixth in the Primera División, unbeaten so far and having whacked bottom club Athletic Bilbao 4-0 on Monday evening. But only one of the last eight UEFA Super Cup winners has gone on to win their domestic title.
Fernando Torres will face his club at which he was an icon for the first time since leaving for Liverpool in 2007. He is in a fine run of form, with three goals in four matches. His instant understanding with new man Eden Hazard has given the previous relationship with fellow Spaniard Juan Mata extra flexibility, which makes the Blues less predictable in the final third than sometimes previously.
That is maybe one of the reasons Chelsea have extended the club record for penalties scored in successive matches at the start of a league season to three this campaign; previously it was one.
In Diego Simeone's usual 4-2-3-1 (he has used a back three with wing-backs in full-back Filipe's absence recently) the task of dealing with that triangular threat through the centre falls to deep-lying midfielders Mario Suárez and skipper Gabriel Fernandez, and South American centre-backs Diego Godín and Joao Miranda. The rojiblanco mark zonally, not man-for-man, which may offer space for the Blues quick interplay to exploit.
Midfielder Emre Belözoglu is one of several familiar faces in the Atléti line-up. While at Galatasaray he played all 90 minutes of the Londoners' stunning 5-0 victory at on Gala's Ali Sami Yen stadium in October 1999. (Roberto Di Matteo, a Chelsea player back then, missed the game through injury.)
It is no.10 Arda Turán who usually links most effectively with danger man Radamel Falcao in Diego Simeone's side - another big challenge for John Mikel Obi, who played so well against Newcastle. One of the best finishers in world football, Falcao will be well aware that John Terry is suspended following his red card during last season's epic 2-2 draw at Camp Nou. The David Luiz/Gary Cahill partnership will be confident having shut out the prolific Magpies strikeforce last weekend.
Frank Lampard was rested for that league match and may well return to captain the side tonight for the first time since the final in Munich last May. Since Simeone's side tend to play on the counter attack Lampard's ability to find the breakthrough could be crucial - he is just five short of Kerry Dixon's 193 goals. Suarez's diligence in spotting and blocking Lampard's incisive passes from deep may also have an important bearing on the match.
Three players are unavailable for selection by Di Matteo. Marko Marin remains out with a hamstring injury and Yossi Benayoun is ill. John Terry is suspended while the manager opted to leave Florent Malouda in England.
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WE HAVE HISTORY
Chelsea and Atlético have met only twice before competitively, during the group stage of the 2009/10 Champions League. Salomon Kalou (pictured below) scored twice either side of the break to set up a 4-0 win at the Bridge. Frank Lampard and Colombian centre-back Luis Perea with an own goal completed the scoring.
The return in Madrid was a far more competitive night. Didier Drogba returned from suspension (following his protests at the refereeing of Tom Ovrebo the previous season) and struck twice in the last eight minutes to overturn a brilliant earlier goal from Sergio Agüero. Drogba had also hit the post. The Argentinean, now with Manchester City, had the final word though, his free kick levelling the final score at 2-2.
The four points taken off the 'mattress-makers' were enough to finish top of Group D. Los Colchoneros came third and transferred to the Europa Cup, which they eventually won beating Fulham 2-1 in the final in Hamburg.
Goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo and midfielder Raul Garcia are the only players in the Atlético squad who featured in those games. Lampard, Malouda, Cech, Ivanovic, Cole, Terry, Essien and Sturridge are still at Chelsea.
21 October 2009, Group D, Stamford Bridge
Chelsea………..…..4 Atlético Madrid…..….…0
Kalou 40, 52
Perea o.g. 90
3 November 2009, Group D, Estadio Vicente Calderón
Atlético Madrid ..….......2 Chelsea...............2
Agüero 66, 90+1 Drogba 82, 88
In the four previous England v Spain encounters in the Super Cup, Spain have prevailed only once:
1979 - Nottingham Forest 2-1 Barcelona (on aggregate)
1980 - Nottingham Forest 2-2 Valencia (on aggregate, Valencia won on away goals)
1982 - Barcelona 1-3 Aston Villa (on aggregate)
1998 - Real Madrid 0-1 Chelsea
Visit at lunchtime for part two of the Pre-Match Briefing...
The Blues reached the UEFA Super Cup by beating Bayern Munich in the Champions League final 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw after extra time.
We lined up 4-2-3-1: Cech; Bosingwa, Cahill, D Luiz, Cole; Mikel, Lampard (c); Kalou (Torres 83), Mata, Bertrand (73); Drogba.
Scorer Drogba (88). Shoot-out scorers: D Luiz, Lampard, Cole, Drogba.
Penalty save Cech. Shoot-out saves: Cech 2
Since our defeat at Napoli in the Round of 16 first leg in March we are unbeaten in Europe in six matches.
Chelsea's record against Spanish teams in European competition is won 15, drawn 11 and lost eight. In two-legged ties we have won four and lost six.
Chelsea are unbeaten in 15 games against Spanish opposition since 2006.
Roberto Di Matteo played in Chelsea's only previous Super Cup final in 1998. Eddie Newton was an unused sub. We qualified by beating Stuttgart in the European Cup Winners' Cup final in Stockholm and defeated the Champions League holders Real Madrid 1-0 with a Gus Poyet goal after 82 minutes.
Team (4-1-2-1-2) De Goey; Ferrer, Duberry, Lebœuf, Le Saux; Desailly; Wise (c), Babayaro; Di Matteo (Poyet 62); Zola (Laudrup 83), Casiraghi (Flo 89).
Chelsea's last ten years in Europe
2002/03 - Uefa Cup - first round
2003/04 - Champions League - semi-final
2004/05 - Champions League - semi-final
2005/06 - Champions League - round of 16
2006/07 - Champions League - semi-final
2007/08 - Champions League - runners-up
2008/09 - Champions League - semi-final
2009/10 - Champions League - round of 16
2010/11 - Champions League - quarter-final
2011/12 - Champions League - winners
|This season to date|
|Aug 12||Manchester City (Community Shield)||L 2-3|
|Aug 19||Wigan (a)||W 2-0|
|Aug 22||Reading (h)||W 4-2|
|Aug 25||Newcastle (h)||W 2-0|
Torres 3, Ivanovic 2, Lampard 2 (2 pens), Bertrand 1, Cahill 1, Hazard 1 (pen). Total 10.
|Chelsea's next three games|
|Sat 15 Sep||QPR away||3.00pm|
|Wed 19 Sep||Juventus home||7.45pm|
|Sat 22 Sep||Stoke City home||3.00pm|
If selected, Michael Essien will play his 50th Chelsea game in Europe.
9 Spanish League championships, last in 1996
9 Spanish Cups, last in 1996
1 Spanish Super Cup in 1985
2 UEFA Europa Leagues 2010 and 2012
1 UEFA Super Cup in 2010
1 European Cup Winners' Cup in 1962
1 Intercontinental Cup in 1975
Last ten seasons in La Liga
2002/03 - 12th
2003/04 - 7th
2004/05 - 11th
2005/06 - 10th
2006/07 - 7th
2007/08 - 4th
2008/09 - 4th
2009/10 - 9th
2010/11 - 7th
2011/12 - 5th
Atlético qualified for the Super Cup by beating Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in Bucharest. Falcao, with two, and Diego were their scorers.
The Spanish side have won their last 12 European matches since their last defeat against Udinese in last season's Europa League group stage.
They last played English opposition in the 2010 Europa League final when they beat Fulham 2-1.
Their overall record against English opposition is won 7, drawn 8 and lost 5.
Atletico Madrid won their previous Super Cup by beating Inter Milan 2-0 in 2010. José Antonio Reyes (62) and Sergio Agüero (83) were their scorers.
(4-2-3-1): De Gea; Ujfaluši, Perea, Godin, Dominguez; Assunção, Garcia; Reyes (Mérida 69), Forlan (Jurado 82), Simão (c) (Camacho 90+1); Agüero
Ten-year European record
2002/03 - Did not qualify
2003/04 - Did not qualify
2004/05 - Intertoto Cup - final
2005/06 - Did not qualify
2006/07 - Did not qualify
2007/08 - UEFA Cup - round of 32
2008/09 - Champions League - round of 16
2009/10 - Europa League winners (having transferred from the Champions League group stage)
2010/11 - Europa League group stage
2011/12 - Europa League winners
|This season to date|
|Aug 19||Levante (a)||D 1-1|
|Aug 27||Athletic Bilbao (h)||W 4-0|
|2012/13 La Liga table top six|
|5||Deportivo La Coruña||2||2||4|
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
The referee is Damir Skomina from Slovenia. He was the official when we played Benfica at Stamford Bridge last season.
John Terry and Chelsea old boy Tiago are suspended (second of two) following their red cards in their semi-finals last season.
Team Lineups coming soon
Team Lineups coming soon
On a dreadfully disappointing night in Monaco, the Blues were beaten 4-1 by an impressive Atletico Madrid outfit in the UEFA Super Cup.
A Radamel Falcao hat-trick in the opening 45 minutes ensured the game was all but over as a contest before the break.
Falcao broke the deadlock after only six minutes when he calmly chipped his effort beyond Petr Cech, and 13 minutes later he doubled their advantage with arguably the goal of the night, curling a wonderful strike into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area.
It had been a poor first half performance from Roberto Di Matteo's men, and Falcao scored a third a minute before the break, taking an Arda Tura pass in his stride before poking the ball into the bottom corner.
Gary Cahill scored a consolation goal late on to restore an ounce of pride, but in truth, it's a night which everybody connected with the club will want to forget.
Roberto Di Matteo made two changes to the side which beat Newcastle United 2-0 last weekend, with Ramires coming in for Ryan Bertrand and Frank Lampard replacing Raul Meireles. With John Terry missing through suspension, David Luiz and Gary Cahill renewed their partnership at the heart of the defence, while Lampard took over captaincy duties from Petr Cech.
Thibaut Courtois, on loan from Chelsea, started in goal for Atletico, while former Blues midfielder Tiago missed out through suspension.
The Spanish side came flying out of the blocks and were almost in front inside three minutes when Radamel Falcao met an Adrian Lopez cross, only to see his effort crash against the bar with Cech beaten.
Three minutes later, however, their early pressure told, Falcao racing through on goal and chipping his effort beyond Cech, while David Luiz covering was unable to prevent the ball from crossing the line via the aid of a post.
The early deficit forced the Blues into a response, and after Frank Lampard had a long-range effort blocked, Eden Hazard was unlucky as he tried his luck from distance also, fizzing a right-footed strike over the bar.
Atletico looked dangerous every time they broke at speed, and Adrian Lopez forced Cech into a smart stop after accelerating past Gary Cahill.
Falcao, who had been a constant threat during the opening exchanges, doubled his and Atletico's tally for the night in the 19th minute, pouncing on a loose ball before curling an exquisite effort into the top corner.
The goal sent the travelling Spanish supporters delirious, and they had every reason to be given the highly-coveted Columbian striker's ruthlessness in front of goal.
By comparison, the Blues faithful were understandably silent, and while they may have been slightly encouraged by a brief riposte after the first goal, it had been a poor start to the game.
What had been a disappointing opening half almost took a turn for the worse 10 minutes before the break, but the fact it remained 2-0 was solely due to poor finishing.
Arda Turan was freed down the right-hand side, and as he played the ball across goal and into the path of Lopez, with the goal at his mercy, the wide man somehow contrived to fluff the opportunity. The danger still wasn't clear, though, and it was only the foot of the post which prevented Falcao from scoring a hat-trick.
The warning signs had been there, and it was no surprise when, with almost the last kick of the half, Falcao made it 3-0.
As another Chelsea attack broke down, Atletico broke at speed. Turan advanced as Cahill and David Luiz backed off, calmly rolling the ball into the path of the Columbian who made no mistake.
Torres, who had been enduring a quiet evening against his former club, dragged a shot wide soon after the restart following some neat skill to evade his marker.
With a three-goal lead to protect, Diego Simeone's side were content to sit back and invite pressure, safe in the knowledge that they possessed all of the attributes required to punish us on the break.
If the task was a sizeable one at 3-0, it became almost mission impossible when Miranda made it 4-0 on the hour.
As a free-kick was swung into the box from out on the right-hand side, we failed to deal with it properly, and as the loose ball ran into the path of Miranda, the defender stabbed his effort past Cech, who got a hand to it, from close-range.
After starting the half brightly, the fourth goal ensured we were playing the last 30 minutes purely to restore some pride, but as an attacking force we were virtually non-existent.
Some pride, to a certain degree, was restored with 16 minutes left to play, when Cahill reacted quickest to a loose ball in the penalty area following a Lampard corner, and smashed his strike beyond Courtois for his second goal of the season.
With our heads up following the goal, a flowing move involving Oscar, Hazard and Mata ended with the Spaniard firing over, and it was to be his last involvement before being withdrawn, replaced by Daniel Sturridge with 10 minutes remaining.
Atletico, however, were still threatening on the break, and Ashley Cole made a timely intervention as Turan looked to tee up Falcao.
Falcao, Atletico's hero on the night, was replaced by Emre Belozoglu in the 86th minute, and it said much for his performance that the Chelsea supporters joined their Spanish counterparts in affording the striker a standing ovation.
Turan, who had been one of the standout performers, should have compounded our misery when he hit the post in the closing minutes, but the real damage had already been done.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, David Luiz, Cole (Bertrand 89); Mikel, Lampard (c); Ramires (Oscar h/t), Hazard, Mata (Sturridge 81); Torres.
Unused substitutes: Turnbull, Romeu, Meireles, Moses.
Goal Cahill 74
Booked Ivanovic 29
Atletico Madrid (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe Luis; Gabi (c), Mario Suarez; Arda Turan, Koke (Raul Garcia 81), Adrian Lopez (Rodriguez 56); Falcao (Emre 87).
Unused substitutes: Asenjo, Silvio, Cata Diaz, Costa.
Goals Falco 6, 18, 44, Miranda 60,
Referee Damir Skomina (Slovenia)