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back UEFA Super Cup | 29.08.2013 11:28:59

Subplots abound in Super Cup clash

  • UEFA Champions League winners FC Bayern Munich meet UEFA Europa League winners Chelsea FC in Friday's UEFA Super Cup
  • Bayern have yet to win the trophy, but Arjen Robben (c.) and Co. are determined to change that
  • Chelsea's 2012 Champions League final victory still haunts the Bayern camp

Monaco - Pep Guardiola's second bite at the silverware cherry comes by way of a UEFA Super Cup showdown with Chelsea FC on Friday (kick-off 20:45CET).

The Catalan twice won the trophy with former club FC Barcelona and will now be looking to follow suit with his new employers after coming off a rare second best in his first real test as head coach in July's DFL Supercup.

"Score to settle"


Since then, Guardiola has overseen an unbeaten start to the new Bundesliga campaign, albeit receiving a timely reminder as to the unpredictable and competitive nature of the Bundesliga in his side's 1-1 draw at SC Freiburg just two days ago. "This is what you get in the Bundesliga," he explained after the game. "Now we have to dust ourselves down ready for Chelsea in the Super Cup."

Needless to say, the game already carries particular significance for the pre-Guardiola crop of players, a vast proportion of whom played some part in that fateful night on 19 May 2012 when party poopers Chelsea tore up the script to lift their first-ever UEFA Champions League crown - and in Bayern's backyard at that. "We still have a score to settle, affirmed Bayern custodian Manuel Neuer. "Hopefully we can win."

"A new title"


As well as getting one over on Europa League winners Chelsea, Friday's encounter at the Eden Arena in Prague also presents the 2013 Champions League conquerors with the opportunity to do what previous Bayern incarnations have thrice failed to do (1975, 1976 and 2001): win the European Super Cup.

"It's not about the new season, more the prize itself, Dutch winger Arjen Robben told UEFA.com. "We've won the Champions League, but this is a new title we can win this year and one we have never won before."

"The best in the world"


Yet the subplots don't end there. Returning Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho is likewise looking to add a maiden Super Cup crown to his collection, against a side he deems "the best in the world last season", and now managed by former La Liga adversary Guardiola.

"Only teams with a great mentality and fantastic football abilities win [a treble]," explained Mourinho, who managed the self-same feat with Inter Milan in 2010. "To maintain that level in all three competitions was fantastic [...] It is good for us to measure where we are in terms of playing against the best." On last term's evidence, Bayern are most certainly that.

Possible line-ups:

FC Bayern Munich: Neuer - Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Alaba - Schweinsteiger, Robben, Kroos, Götze, Ribery - Mandzukic

Chelsea FC: Cech - Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole - Ramires, Lampard, Oscar, De Bruyne, Hazard - Torres

Christopher Mayer-Lodge

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