After a few failed makes an attempt, Chelsea have lastly received the UEFA Tremendous Cup within the twenty first century.
What a method to seal it too, with Kepa Arrizabalaga coming off the bench in additional time to be the hero within the penalty shootout.
Earlier than all that pleasure, the announcement of Chelsea’s beginning XI was an early speaking level on social media. Folks had been shocked to see Kurt Zouma and Trevor Chalobah handed begins, however with a number of gamers’ pre-season being disrupted by worldwide tournaments, the transfer made sense.
Chalobah was not the one Chelsea participant celebrating a private second both. Within the absence of Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante was handed the captain’s armband.
Chelsea began the sport strongly and simply earlier than the half hour mark they took a deserved lead.
Ecstasy then turned to agony for Ziyech as he was pressured off with a shoulder harm. It was a bitter blow for the ahead, who has been electrical in pre-season.
Simply earlier than the break Villarreal gave Chelsea an actual scare when Alberto Moreno hammered an effort towards the bar.
This is able to set the tone for the second half with the Blues’ complacency and a string of sloppy errors gifting VIllarreal a number of good probabilities.
Finally, Chelsea’s luck run out with Gerard Moreno scoring a deserved equaliser.
One Marcos Alonso effort apart, Villarreal seemed the most probably to attain a winner, however in the long run neither facet broke the impasse.
This meant the sport went to additional time, one thing that was not universally in style with social media.
Unsurprisingly, additional time was utterly pointless – merely delaying the inevitable of a penalty shootout.
The one spotlight of the extra interval was when Thomas Tuchel determined to convey Kepa Arrizabalaga on for the spot kicks.
Effectively, it makes a change from him refusing to come back off for penalties.
The shootout was stuffed with twists of turns. After ten spot kicks – and a Kepa yellow card – the scores had been stage at 4-4. Christian Pulisic and Juan Foyth then transformed within the first spherical of sudden loss of life.
Antonio Rudiger scored within the subsequent spherical, which meant Raul Albiol needed to internet to maintain his facet within the tie. The veteran didn’t handle it with Kepa saving right down to his left, justifying Tuchel’s determination to stay him in aim.
The Spaniard seemed delighted, which is comprehensible contemplating the robust 12 months he is had. He was the hero in Belfast, although, confirming Chelsea’s standing as being barely higher than the group that received the Europa League final season. What. A. Ultimate.