Liverpool – Chelsea: Tired and tireless rivals play the long game to resolve an end-to-end dispute (2-2, 5-4 after penalties)

The 2019 UEFA Super Cup final was a game where the momentum of the match swung like a pendulum made for entertaining viewing, if you were a neutral. The aches and pains caused from this wildly open match threw up some interesting strategies but also shone a light on plenty defensive deficiencies. 

Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M.

Two sides that came away from the Premier League’s opening weekend with polar opposite results also came away with different perceptions of their matches. Liverpool were strong enough to wipe aside Norwich City but looked worryingly vulnerable, defensively, at times. In Chelsea’s experience, they were on the other end of the four-goal stick but undeservedly so.

Despite a handful of changes, Jürgen Klopp’s eleven showed the utmost respect to this final. Adrián replaced the injured Alisson between the sticks, whilst Trent Alexander-Arnold, Georginio Wijnaldum, Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi were all dropped from the team that started against Norwich last Friday. These changes saw Sadio Mané make his first competitive start of the season, as was the case for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner and Joël Matip.

Frank Lampard made just three changes to his side, with Ross Barkley, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham departing the attack. In their place came the more experienced Olivier Giroud, alongside new boy Christian Pulišić and the . . .

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Peter (20), lives just outside of London. He’s been writing about tactics and such for over a year now, contributing to a couple of sites during that time. His main club is Arsenal but he’s also followed Real Betis quite heavily since Quique Setién took over last year. This form of writing has become a great passion of his and, although he’s unsure of what his end aim is, he’s enjoying being given new opportunities to continue doing so. [ View all posts ]

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