Thomas Tuchel plants a smacker on Kepa’s cheek as Chelsea start their celebrations. After a fine start this was a slightly frustrating display, as Villarreal dammed the flood of attacks down their flanks, defended deep and in numbers, and Chelsea seemed to run out of attacking ideas and impetus. But there’s a happy ending, another trophy in the cabinet, and the players will find the tight turnaround before Saturday’s home game against Crystal Palace a bit easier with fresh medals around their necks.
Kepa wins the Super Cup for Chelsea!
Penalties: Chelsea 6-5 Villarreal: Raúl Albiol shoots low to his left, and Kepa gets down to it! Chelsea win the Uefa Super Cup!
At the conclusion of a pre-season campaign described as “pretty demanding” by Thomas Tuchel, it seems obvious that extra-time in the Super Cup did not form part of any grand plan. The laboured efforts of players on both sides during those added 30 minutes added to a sense of inconvenience. Sudden death penalty kicks were still to come.
Still, winning covers a multitude of irritations. Tuchel opted to throw on Kepa Arrizabalaga with penalties looming; a decision fully justified as the Spaniard saved the decisive spot kick from Raul Albiol. Unai Emery’s Villarreal contributed much but this was Chelsea’s trophy.