Chelsea wins Super Cup: 5 key points that led Chelsea to win UEFA Super Cup 2021

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UEFA Super Cup 2021 Chelsea vs Villarreal Highlights – Chelsea won the UEFA Supercup by defeating Villarreal’s resistance through a penalty shootout, Windsor Park, Thursday (12/8/2021) early morning IST.

The Blues took the lead in the first half, Villarreal could equalize in the second half. Score 1-1 draw for 120 minutes.

The match then went to a penalty shootout and Chelsea managed to come out as winners with a score of 6-5.  Kepa Arrizabalaga parried two opponent kicks to become the hero of the Blues victory.uefa super cup 2021 chelsea vs villarreal highlights

Thomas Tuchel said he was satisfied with this victory.  However, he also acknowledged the risk of fatigue that his team now had to face.

UEFA Super Cup 2021 Chelsea vs Villarreal Highlights

There are at least 5 valuable lessons from Chelsea’s victory this time.  What the hell?

Chelsea forced to play 120 minutes

Tuchel admits that his team is not ready to play the full game, let alone 120 minutes.  He took a big risk for this fight.

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Previously, Tuchel and his coaching team considered whether this match should be used for team rotation or fielding the best team to fight for trophies.

The German coach opted for the second option, and he didn’t expect his team to have to play 120 minutes. The players looked unprepared and tired, even though they won on penalties.

UEFA Super Cup 2021 Chelsea vs Villarreal Highlights

Win because of squad composition

In a balanced duel for 120 minutes plus a penalty shootout, the winner is often determined by the quality of the players.  Tuchel has that in his current Chelsea team.

The Blues dominated the game with their best players.  Ziyech played very well before being sent off due to injury.

Then, in the penalty shootout, Chelsea could win because they had Kepa who proved to be better at holding the opponent’s penalty kicks.

UEFA Super Cup 2021 Chelsea vs Villarreal Highlights

Ziyech is a victim

Ziyech should have been the hero with his opener in the 27th minute, unfortunately he had to come off sooner.  This Moroccan star had to be pulled out towards the end of the first half, precisely in the 43rd minute.

Ziyech looked in pain after falling wrong in a corner kick, clutching his shoulder.  Then in the second half he was seen sitting on the Chelsea bench using a sling to support his arm.

It is suspected that Ziyech suffered a dislocated shoulder, an injury that is quite troublesome.  Of course, this injury is a big blow for him, considering that Ziyech’s performance in pre-season so far has been very good.

UEFA Super Cup 2021 Chelsea vs Villarreal Highlights

How about a penalty

Villarreal have played well, but this time the match was decided by Kepa Arrizabalaga’s performance in the penalty shootout.

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Kepa had only played in the 119th minute, meaning it was clear he was set up for the shootout.  This decision has been considered by Tuchel and his coaching team.

Kepa was believed to have a better penalty-saving percentage and it proved to be right.  He saved two Villarreal penalties to lead Chelsea to the title.

UEFA Super Cup 2021 Chelsea vs Villarreal Highlights

Fatigue risk

Starting the season with one trophy is obviously very beneficial for the mentality of the players.  The problem is, the match for 120 minutes also drains the physical Chelsea squad that is not ready.

They’re still in pre-season, shouldn’t be playing full and intense 120 minutes.  Of course this fight will have consequences.

Tuchel himself admits his team will face a big risk, especially because they only have two days of rest before the next match vs. Cyrstal Palace, Saturday (14/8/2021).

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