Chelsea will purpose to
add extra silverware when the European champions face Europa League winners
Villarreal within the UEFA Super Cup in Belfast on Wednesday.
Thomas Tuchel’s beautiful impression since taking cost of the
Blues in January has raised expectations for Chelsea to problem in all
competitions this season, notably with Romelu Lukaku on the verge of
returning to Stamford Bridge for a membership file price of £97 million ($135
Tuchel’s males beat Manchester City to carry the Champions
League in May, simply 5 months after he changed the sacked Frank Lampard with
Chelsea languishing in ninth within the Premier League.
Victory in Porto was Chelsea’s third over City in six weeks
in the direction of the tip of the season. Now they’ve the long term purpose of dethroning
Pep Guardiola’s facet as English champions.
“We need to win, we need to compete and naturally we
need to achieve success,” stated Tuchel forward of his facet’s return to
aggressive motion in Northern Ireland.
“This is in Chelsea’s nature and naturally we’re up
for the problem.
“We will attempt to compete for each title in each
competitors we enter however I additionally assume it will likely be an enormous step ahead if we will
preserve the identical high quality, angle and energy that we confirmed final
No Covid money disaster
As a lot of Europe’s conventional giants have been squeezed by
the financial penalties of the coronavirus pandemic, the backing of
billionaire Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich has once more allowed Chelsea to
strengthen at a time of disaster.
A £220 million spending spree on Edouard Mendy, Ben
Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner final summer time was rewarded
with Champions League glory.
Now Lukaku appears set to return for practically 4 occasions the
quantity he was bought seven years in the past to offer the lacking piece of a confirmed
The Belgium ahead’s transfer ought to be accomplished earlier than
Chelsea’s Premier League opener against Crystal Palace on Saturday, however will
not be registered in time to face Villarreal.
Instead, Werner and Havertz will probably be tasked with beginning
their second season in England higher than they did their first.
After a gradual begin, Havertz got here good on his £71 million
price ticket with the successful purpose within the Champions League closing.
The 22-year-old was additionally one in every of few star performers for
Germany at a disappointing Euro 2020.
“I believe we’ve all loads of objectives this season. The
Champions League title just isn’t sufficient for us, we need to win extra and that’s our
purpose for the season,” stated Havertz, who attributed the turnaround in his
type to the return of followers to stadiums.
“With the followers now within the stadium, they provide you a large number
of help. I really feel very comfy. I prefer it right here, I like the town and I like
the membership, so all good.”
A crowd of 13,000 will fill 70 p.c of Windsor Park this
While Chelsea have grow to be accustomed to lifting trophies on
an annual foundation in practically 20 years since Abramovich took cost, Villarreal
are aiming to again up their first ever piece of silverware after they beat
Manchester United on penalties in Gdansk.
Unai Emery has now gained the Europa League 4 occasions, however
by no means gained the Super Cup after his three earlier successes with Sevilla.
The former Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain boss believes
Chelsea will grow to be “the best team in the world” this season, however is
hopeful they endure a European Championship hangover with numerous key
gamers solely simply again into pre-season coaching.
“Chelsea have Italian and English internationals who
haven’t arrived again till this week. Their beginning line-up won’t be the
identical because the Champions League closing,” stated Emery.
“Hopefully they misfire from the start.”