Tremendous Cup closing
Simply forward of the brand new Premier League season, Chelsea travelled to Belfast to tackle Villareal within the European Tremendous Cup. The Blues, who’ve misplaced their earlier three Tremendous Cup fixtures, had been trying to keep away from succumbing to the identical destiny that Arsenal and Manchester United did final season and convey dwelling some early season silverware.
To this finish, Tuchel named a robust facet, with a shock inclusion for 22-year-old Trevor Chalobah, who was rewarded for his effective pre-season performances.
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There have been additionally begins for Timo Werner, Marcos Alonso and Kai Havertz, whereas Mason Mount and Jorginho, each recent from Euro2020 obligation, had been on the bench.
Quick off the mark
Thomas Tuchel’s facet made a quick begin, brimming with confidence on the again of their profitable pre-season. Pinning Unai Emery’s facet again, Chelsea went shut by way of Timo Werner within the opening quarter-hour, earlier than Hakim Ziyech swept in a Kai Havertz cross simply earlier than the half-hour mark for the opening purpose.
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Sadly for the Moroccan, and Chelsea, his evening was lower quick simply earlier than half time. A seemingly innocuous problem from a Villareal nook left the winger cradling his shoulder as he was swiftly changed by Christian Pulisic.
Villareal combat again
Villareal provided little menace within the first half, however their first actual probability very practically resulted in them levelling the rating, with ex-Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno smashing a shot off the underside of the crossbar earlier than the ball being cleared.
Unai Emery’s facet had been nearly gifted a manner again into the tie minutes into the second half, when a poor move from Chelsea goalkeeper fell to the toes of marksman Gerard Moreno. Luckily for the blues, the woodwork got here to their rescue for a second time, with the Spaniard’s effort bouncing off of the put up.
Villareal continued to develop into the sport, and deservedly drew stage when Gerard Moreno discovered the highest nook halfway by way of the second half.
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The sport continued to open up, with a Chelsea shout for handball turned down by referee Sergei Karasev, because the tie inevitably headed in direction of further time.
Tuchel’s facet, their rhythm considerably disrupted by substitutions, had been vibrant once more within the first interval of additional time, and had one other penalty shout rightly turned down as they looked for a winner.
Nevertheless, neither facet may discover the important breakthrough, and when Kepa changed fellow Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy within the 119th minute, it was clear that either side had been settling for penalties.
Chelsea triumph on penalties
Villareal have, in fact, bought historical past of successful tournaments on penalties, defeating Manchester United 11-10 within the shoot out of the Europa League closing in Could. Nevertheless, it was to not be this time round.
In entrance of the travelling Spanish followers, Kai Havertz discovered his opening penalty saved by Sergio Asenjo, earlier than Gerard Moreno fired previous Kepa. Azpilicueta bought Chelsea up and working, inserting the ball into the nook, earlier than a save from Kepa ensured that Chelsea drew stage within the shootout.
With unnervingly good penalties from either side, the tie headed to sudden dying, and it was the veteran defender Raul Albiol whose penalty miss finally proved pricey for Unai Emery’s facet, and despatched Chelsea followers into delirium.
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