Uefa Super Cup 2013 preview: Bayern Munich v Chelsea
Uefa Super Cup 2013 preview: We take a look ahead to Friday's clash between Bayern Munich and Chelsea in Prague
Fifteen months after their unforgettable triumph over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final, Chelsea have the chance to win their first trophy of the season when they take on the Bundesliga side in Friday’s Uefa Super Cup in Prague.
Blues fans will need no reminding of that clash back in May 2012, when Chelsea stunned Bayern with a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory in the German club’s own stadium. Didier Drogba – who had cancelled out Thomas Mueller’s 83rd-minute opener – converted the winning spot-kick to take the European Cup back to Stamford Bridge for the first time.
Intriguingly, Friday’s clash at the Stadion Eden pits Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola against each other for the first time after coming up against each other so many times during their spells in charge of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Guardiola and Mourinho met 11 times as coaches of Barcelona and Madrid, with the Spaniard recording five wins to his counterpart’s two.
But the new Blues boss insists that the focus is on the teams and not the coaches.
“It’s not about Barcelona and Real Madrid. It’s not about me and Pep. It’s about Chelsea and Bayern Munich,” said Mourinho. “It’s about the Super Cup. Pep is not the Champions League champion and I’m not the Europa League champion. We just coach them now. So it is not about us.”
Chelsea will be desperate to make amends for their defeat in last year’s Super Cup, when they were beaten 4-1 by Atletico Madrid in Monaco.
And Mourinho played up the importance of Friday’s match, which he feels will also help some of his younger players to experience a similar occasion to what awaits them in the Champions League this season.
“I don’t like to call it a competition,” Mourinho continued. “It’s not a competition, it’s a match that gives us a trophy. Everybody wants to try to win the trophy.
“But at the same time I have this profile of team, with lots of young players, and it’s a good opportunity for some of them to feel and cope with a new situation.
“Because last year we played in the Europa League, I think this is very important. The Champions League is a different story and I want my players to feel that.
“I think it’s very good for us. Before we start the Champions League it’s very good to play against Bayern. The best feelings are the feelings you get on the pitch so I think it’s perfect.”
Uefa Super Cup 2013: Pre-match facts
• Mourinho’s Inter Milan knocked out Guardiola’s Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate in the 2009-10 Champions League semi-finals.
• Bayern and Chelsea also met in the 2004-05 Champions League quarter-finals, Mourinho’s Blues prevailing 6-5 on aggregate against Felix Magath’s Bayern.
• Chelsea beat Real Madrid on their Uefa Super Cup debut in Monaco in 1998, with Gus Poyet scoring the only goal.
• The contest with Bayern in Munich is the most recent of Chelsea’s 14 games against Bundesliga clubs; their record is W7 D3 L4 F19 A11.