Villarreal on the mat thanks to the goalkeeper, inserted by Tuchel just to neutralize the shots from the spot. Relentless Jorginho. The final penalties of a tight match: 1-1 after 120 ‘, goals by Ziyech and Moreno
Max Allegri is right when he says that a coach with changes “more than anything else must do no damage”. Then, sometimes you also have to risk it though. Think of Thomas Tuchel’s risk: in view of the penalties that will award the European Super Cup between Chelsea and Villarreal, who are 1-1 after 120 ‘, the goalkeeper changes. Mendy outside, Kepa inside. And the newcomer is the decisive man: he saves the penalties of Mandi and Albiol and gives another trophy to the Blues. Cruel verdict, even if not unfair, for the Spaniards, who made an even match after a horror start.
WHAT A DEPARTURE
Villarreal, fresh from a modest pre-season, starts intimidated. Werner agrees with his management, who did everything to bring Lukaku to London, but before sinking into anonymity he forces Asenjo to the super-parade. The goalkeeper repeats himself on Kanté, the usual dominator as long as he has petrol, and Alonso, in the context of a first half hour in which only Chelsea are on the pitch. Which passes with merit in the 27th minute: Alonso’s ball deep for Havertz, the German crosses low for Ziyech who precedes Pedraza and signs the 1-0, before a shoulder problem forces him to give way to Pulisic.
But as soon as Tuchel’s team loses a bit of intensity, Villarreal’s excellent individual technique emerges. And there are problems for Mendy, good on Dia on the way out and saved from the crossbar on the conclusion without a sure shot by Alberto Moreno, in the last action of the first half. Tuchel notices the decline in his team and after an hour inserts Jorginho (far from the glories of the Europeans), Mount and Christensen. But it is not enough to avoid the equal, at that point deserved, of Villarreal. The unleashed Gerard Moreno first eats the 1-1 after a mistake in Mendy’s postponement, then talks in the area with Dia, mocks the immobile Ruediger and scores with his right foot.
The teams are obviously tired, but Chelsea creates two chances: Pulisic wastes from two steps, Asenjo (very good throughout the game) says no to Mount. We go to penalties.
It starts immediately with the mistake of Havertz (para Asenjo), then they score Gerard Moreno, Azpilicueta and Mandi misses (nice reflex from Kepa). Marcos Alonso does not betray, Estupignan displaces Kepa, Mount is as cold as Moi Gomez, Jorginho and Dani Raba. It goes to the bitter end: perfect Pulisic, Foyth, Ruediger, then Albiol is hypnotized by Kepa.
August 12, 2021 (change August 12, 2021 | 00:06)
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