Uefa Supercup: Goalkeeper Adrian saves the Cup - Sport
- Liverpool have won the European Supercup against Chelsea on penalties.
- Liverpool goalkeeper Adrián, who has been in the club for just nine days, holds the decisive shot.
- The losing Chelsea shows a performance that was not expected after the botched league start.
Chelsea coach Frank Lampard is a smart man. His intelligence quotient is supposed to be over 150, which allegedly resulted in an examination by the team doctor several years ago. For comparison: The average Englishman brings it to 100 points. At the time of the test Lampard was still a player, today he is coach of the Blues. To explain to his players why they did not win the European Supercup against Liverpool, Lampard may need some thinking.
With 5: 4 in the penalty shoot-out (0: 1, 1: 1, 2: 2) Liverpool, the Champions League winner of last season, won against Chelsea, the winner of the Europa League. Sadio Mané (48./95.) Scored twice for coach Jürgen Klopp's side. Oliver Giroud (36) and Jorginho (101./FE) were successful for the Londoners. It was an intense duel at Beşiktaş Park in Istanbul, where Chelsea played more heavily than the botched league start had suggested in advance. "We are incredibly excited to take home the trophy, it was tough," said midfielder Jordan Henderson.
The Londoners went down 4-0 against Manchester United last Sunday with a 0-0 draw. Liverpool had won 4-1 against Norwich. Lampard changed his team on some positions. The former Dortmund Christian Pulisic, against Manchester still substitute, and Olivier Giroud stormed from the beginning. Even N'Golo Kanté, the tireless defender in the midfield, chased the balls from the start. It turns out that it was the right adjustments to fight the hangover from the league.
Liverpool takes a deep breath
In the first quarter of an hour Chelsea paid more attention to the defensive, the Londoners had to first make sure that they can even defend compact. Since Liverpool's assault efforts resulted in only one big chance from Mo Salah, the inhibitions of the Londoners fell bit by bit. More and more courageous Chelsea players coveted and gradually took control of the game. In the midfield Kanté ran some passes, his partners Mateo Kovačić and Jorginho won a large number of tackles. Especially Kovačić switched with runs in the top again and again into the offensive game.
The overweight in the midfield resulted in more and more handsome attacks. In the 22nd minute, Liverpool's defenders snorted for the first time. Pedro had appeared in front of goal after a one-two with Olivier Giroud. From an acute angle he hit but only the crossbar. Moments later, Giroud even tried a fallback. His attempt ended up near the gate.
And Liverpool? The defense of the Champions League winner, last season with 22 goals against the best in the Premier League, looked at the well-rehearsed plays Chelsea as a walker on the Bosporus. Although the team of Jürgen Klopp came after half an hour to a good chance by Sadio Mané. But the header of the Senegalese was deflected so that he was no problem for Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.