V Villarreal have been rocked by injuries in the build up to Wednesday night’s UEFA Super Cup clash with Chelsea
Chelsea are back, and also back in the UEFA Super Cup specifically for the fourth time in the last ten years, a testament to our success on the grandest of European stages — 2 Champions Leagues and 2 Europa Leagues
In fact, our appearance in 1998 remains the only time we’ve actually won this showpiece showoff between the champions of the two biggest European competitions the season prior.
Despite many players returning only recently, the 24-man traveling squad consists of every first-team player, with only a couple fringe players and loan returnees like Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Trevoh Chalobah thrown in. Whether Tuchel decides to treat this game primarily as a fitness exercise or as a chance to win an actual trophy or just as reward for dedication and professionalism
The Yellow Submarine are already on their way to Belfast, setting off this morning with the destination of Windsor Park, where Champions League winners Chelsea await.
A second major trophy is on offer for Villarreal having broken their long wait for a first with their Europa League success last season.