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Chelsea Player Ratings vs Liverpool – UEFA Super Cup

August 14, 2019

Last year’s Champions League winners, Liverpool, faced off against the Europa League victors, Chelsea, for the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday.

The Blues were pegged back in the early minutes with Liverpool’s pressure. However, they soon gained control and started creating the better chances. Olivier Giroud’s 38th-minute strike affirmed a successful first half. However, Liverpool equalized quickly into the second half with Sadio Mane’s goal.

It was an open goal from there on, but none could find the winner, forcing extra-time! Extra-time was quite the frantic one, with Mane giving Liverpool the lead with a powerful hit. Chelsea received a penalty later on, which Jorginho obliged to make it 2-2. Jurgen Klopp’s side ended up winning 5-4 in the penalty-shootout, with Tammy Abraham’s penalty being saved by Adrian.

Here’s how Chelsea’s squad performed. Also be sure to read our Liverpool UEFA Super Cup player ratings as well.

Chelsea Player Ratings

Manager

Frank Lampard (7.0) –

Lampard recovered from his Old Trafford nightmare by slotting N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic into his starting XI. The move worked wonders with Pulisic getting an assist and Kante ruling as their midfield general with his decisive movement. The Chelsea gaffer’s attacking philosophy and encouragement to take on Liverpool unveiled the fearlessness in his side. Yes, they lost, but many positives showcased how his Chelsea should operate going forward.

Goalkeeper

Kepa Arrizabalaga (7.5) –

Kepa’s forced to make a calm save early on. Held onto Fabinho’s powerful attempt well in the 9th. Distribution poor and almost led to an opening goal in 10th. Redeemed himself with a solid save off Salah in the 15th.

Unable to keep Mane’s 48th-minute strike out despite diving correctly. Held onto Henderson’s powerful attempt pretty well minutes later, despite it taking a deflection. He also made a fantastic reaction save to deny Salah in the 75th. The Spaniard came extremely close to saving a few in the shootout, but lady luck averted him.

Defenders

Cesar Azpilicueta (5.0) –

The Chelsea captain recovered from Sunday’s nightmare quickly, neutralizing Oxlade-Chamberlain’s threat and not allowing Robertson to overlap that effectively. However, he was rattled by Firmino and played him onside for Mane’s equalizer.

Looked the weakest of all defenders and offered very little going forward. Perhaps a positional change can do him good!

Kurt Zouma (6.0) –

Took a nasty sting on his thigh blocking Salah’s shot early on. Made a few strong clearances with some regained confidence. The Frenchman made a crucial challenge in the 74th to avoid being in a 1v1 against Salah.

Almost received his moment of glory in the dying minutes when his emphatic header from a corner went just over. Improved over the nightmare on Sunday.

Andreas Christensen (6.0)-

The Danish center-back headed out an important clearance to deny a goal in the 13th minute. Outjumped by Van Dijk at the half-hour mark but lucky to see his header go over. Huffed and puffed the remainder of the game, but jumped into action whenever necessary.

Emerson (6.5) –

Beaten in the air by Matip in the 5th minute. Allowed Salah to whiz past him too easily in the 15th. The Brazilian got troubled by Salah and Mane’s trickery, but looked much more comfortable going forward.

Skipped past Gomez in the 50th minute to yards away from goal, but his pass wasn’t met by anyone. Emerson showcased impressive fitness to survive the 120 minutes bombing down the left and also fulfilling defensive duties. Duly converted his penalty in the shootout.

Midfielders

Jorginho (6.5) –

Protected his backline pretty well and pinged forward ambitious longballs to trouble Liverpool’s resolve early on. The Italian sloppily lost possession to Firmino in the 54th minute, but lucky to see the attack wasted. Calmly tucked in his penalty to equalize in extra-time. Flicked in his penalty in shootout coolly.

Mateo Kovacic (5.0) –

Kovacic’s link-up play early on was promising with his team-mates. Almost got through on goal in the 32nd minute, but stopped by Adrian. After that, he was almost invisible in midfield and rarely got involved in crucial chances. Subbed in extra-time.

N’Golo Kante (7.0) –

Back to his old tricks early on, nicking the ball off Henderson to force loud cheers. Skipped past multiple Liverpool players and almost got a shot on goal in the 11th. Kante looked his old self with interceptions and lung-bursting runs to trouble Liverpool in the first half.

Kick-started the opening goal. Continued stealing the ball and drive his side forward., showcasing endless energy. Lampard must’ve been impressed by his tenacity in dominating the midfield line.

Forwards

Pedro (7.0) – 

Pedro had Adrian scampering with a curling left-footed attempt early on. Put Giroud through on goal only to see a chance wasted. Forced a punch off Adrian later.

Kept causing problems and struck the post with an emphatic shot in the 22nd minute. He displayed great energy with his end-to-end contribution, which included impressive defensive work. Almost assisted Abraham with a beautiful low-ball which was led just wide of the goal.  

Olivier Giroud (6.5) –

Used his physical attributes to make things uneasy for Liverpool in the early minutes. Scuffed a shot horribly wide in the 16th. Giroud struck an overhead kick attempt hilariously wide and couldn’t even score from five yards out after being called offside later on.

The Frenchman redeemed his errors with a strong finish in the 36th to get the lead. Giroud lost steam in the 2nd half and was bullied by Van Dijk before being subbed.

Christian Pulisic (7.0)

The exciting American almost breached Liverpool’s defense in the 4th minute in an opportunistic manner. Showcased his class by sliding a clever pass through Van Dijk-Matip to hand Giroud his goal and get his first assist.

Pulisic almost got his dream first goal by skipping past multiple players and thumping the ball into the bottom corner, only for the lineswoman to ruin his moment. Tried another clever through-ball after the hour-mark, but saw his chance cleared. Moved forward with intent and his sparkling creativity proves he’s got lots to give.

Substitutions

Mason Mount (6.5) –

Mount put the ball into the net minutes after coming on, but unlucky to see his goal ruled out to a prolonged offside call. Forced a super save from Adrian with his powerful shot in extra-time. He tested the opposition keeper again in ET’s dying moments. Powered in penalty confidently.

Tammy Abraham (6.0) –

The youngster pulled up his defensive socks by denying Liverpool the lead with a last-ditch block in the scrappy set-piece minutes after coming on. Did superbly to outmuscle Van Dijk and strike a shot in extra-time, only to see it saved.

However, he earned a penalty immediately afterward, capitalizing on Adrian’s error. Had a great opportunity to win the game in the 104th minute, but his attempt sailed agonizingly wide. Scuffed his penalty to end his night in misery.

Fikayo Tomori (5.5) –

The youngster didn’t have a European debut to remember. He played Firmino onside for Mane’s second, undoing his defense’s good work.

Ross Barkley (N/A) –

He was just…..there. Slotted in penalty comfortably.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Well, they might’ve been on the losing side, but Kepa’s heroics in goal makes him the man of the match in my eyes. He made one solid save after another, proving just how crucial he will be for the Blues this season.

Christian Pulisic Starts UEFA Super Cup vs Liverpool: How’d He Do? (VIDEO)

August 14, 2019

The young American gets his first Premier League start vs the Champions League winners in today’s UEFA Super Cup. The starting XI look much closer to what we would have liked to see from the Blues in their Sunday defeat to Man U.

Here’s how the sides are lined up to get started:

Liverpool: Adrian, Gomez, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Milner, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah.

Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson, Kovacic, Jorginho, Kante, Pedro, Pulisic, Giroud 

Will Chelsea be able to erase their Sunday blunder or will Liverpool’s win streak continue?

Pulisic assists opener

Pulisic did well penetrating on the dribble early on. He dribbled into the box and set up Olivier Giroud on the game’s opener.

Pulisic goal called back

Pulisic netted one of his own a few minutes later, with some fancy dribbling and quality finish. Unfortunately, an off-sides ruling called the goal back.

With 18′ remaining Pulisic come off the pitch for Mount and his first start for the Blues comes to an end. After the fantastic assist and called back goal of the first half it was obvious that Chelsea players began looking more intently to the left side of the pitch. Pulisic was caught offside too many times, but the intention to go forward was there both for him and those feeding him the ball.

UPDATE: We go 2 – 2 and into penalties to finish up this years Super Cup!

While a disappointing finish from a Chelsea perspective, and a fair amount of backlash against the Manager for slotting young Abram in as the last shooter, the Blues performance against the current European Champions was certainly a huge step up from the thumping they took from Man U last Sunday. Looking forward in the schedule we expect the Blues to find some consistency in both lineups and play in what should be a string of less competitive games.

Liverpool Starting XI and Player Ratings vs Chelsea – UEFA Super Cup

Chops August 14, 2019

Will Liverpool claim (yet) another European trophy today? The Reds are in Istanbul, Turkey to take on Chelsea for the UEFA Super Cup. Here’s their starting XI and player ratings (which we’ll continue to update as the match goes on).

Liverpool Starting XI

Continuing a disturbing trend, Liverpool’s defense looks like 💩💩💩. Chelsea shredded them early. Christian Pulisic particularly looked good, assisting the opener and having one of his own called back.

Liverpool went to the half clearly the lesser team, trailing 1-0.

Subbing Roberto Firmino in at the half made an instant impact, as Liverpool quickly leveled 1-1. 

Mane put one through in extra time to give Liverpool the lead. Then a genuinely awful penalty called on Adrian leveled it 2-2 in extra time. 

Another ultimately meaningless Cup, another shootout. This time Liverpool wins it, 5-4 on pks!

Be sure to read our Chelsea UEFA Super Cup player ratings as well.

Liverpool Player Ratings

Manager

Jurgen Klopp (7) – Typing this before he makes half-time adjustments that take us to an eventual 4-1 win…but…if you’re not prioritizing other trophies, then why bother starting any of your key regulars???

The half-time addition of Roberto Firmino makes an instant difference, as Liverpool quickly leveled the game. Kept the squad’s collective head up after the Adrian penalty.

Gets bumped up a point for his joyful celebration.

Goalkeeper

Adrian (7.5) – It’s baptism by fire for Adrian. Challenged early but stood well. Came off line to stifle an attempt in the 32nd.

Proved capable throughout including extra time. HOWEVER, huge mistake in the 99th that lead to Chelsea tying pk. It was a weak penalty but a needless challenge. Actually, after watching the replays, that was a total dive and bullshit call against Adrian. Beyond lame.

Made a great deflection in the 113th to save a goal. Then saved a Mason Mount shot a few minutes later.

Saved the final pk to give Liverpool the win.

Defenders

Joe Gomez (7.5) – Gets the nod in place of Trent Alexander-Arnold. Was like TAA-light, doing well getting forward. Does well on recovery, helping shut down an attempt in the 33rd. Picked up defensive intensity in second half. Also well positioned to block a Pulisic shot in the 65th. Like what I’m seeing from the kid defensively. Active.

Virgil van Dijk (7) – Backline is shaky af early and constantly getting shredded. That’s in part on Big Virg getting them organized. Almost headed up the opener in the 29th with his big noggin.

Steadied in the second half, containing the constant threat of Pedro better.

Missed one off the woodwork in the 75th for a would-be winner. Got in the way of a would-be winner for Chelsea 6 minutes later.

Joel Matip (6.5) – Closed out Pedro to potentially help thwart a goal in the 22nd. Plastic Man-esque in interceptions / shut downs. Still, somewhat uneven. Mistakes followed by great moments, like his 105th minute Barkley stop.

Andy Robertson (6.5) – Would’ve liked Robbo to get some rest, but I’d also like us to win another trophy. Brilliant defending in the 21st to shutdown Pedro in the box. Seemed to run out of gas in the second half. Subbed out for TAA.

Midfielders

Jordan Henderson (5.5) – Set up the Mane bicycle kick in the 5th minute that should’ve been called a hand-ball on Chelsea. Unlucky to have a shot deflected in the second half but fumbled a great opportunity created by Salah.

Rightfully called for a yellow on a needless challenge in the 85th. Clearly fatigued by the end.

Fabinho (6) – Always feel good when he shows up on the starting sheet. Steady as always. A dispossession / tackling machine. However, Chelsea is shredding Liverpool on counters and Fabinho isn’t in his typical “right place right time” positioning.

Wonderful touch and lob pass / hockey assist on the leveling goal. Feeling it, blasted a shot wide a few minutes later off another Bobby pass.

Despite being fatigued at the end of extra time, nailed his pk.

James Milner (5) – Service on corners is spot on. Hurting the squad defensively. Better in second half but subbed off for Gini in the 64th.

Forwards

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (5) – Welcome back to the starting XI, Ox! Looks good early, almost setting up Salah for a goal in the 16th. Otherwise pretty quiet. Subbed off at the half for Bobby.

Sadio Mane (9) – Sweet bicycle attempt in the 5th that should’ve been called a hand-ball on Chelsea. Should’ve headed home a Milner corner in the 30th. Leveled the game with a frantic finish off a brilliant Firmino flick.

Mane put Liverpool ahead with a brace in the 95th minute off another gorgeous set up from Firmino. Subbed out in extra time for DIVOCK ORIGI.

Mohamed Salah (8) – Another one I’d like to see rest, but he also is like the Energizer bunny. He never seems tired. Was active early, a constant threat. A good opportunity just missed in the 16th. Dropped deeper in the first half to help support Liverpool’s struggling midfield and defense.

Beautiful pass to Hendo in the 54th that the captain fumbled. Just missed another key pass to Bobby a minute later. Passing particularly on point in the second half. Constantly found open space to drop dimes. Made his pk.

Substitutions

Roberto Firmino (10) – Came on after the half for Ox. Immediate impact with a beautiful flick to Mane for the leveler. His megger pass to Mane in extra time gave Liverpool the lead. Nailed his pk obv.

Georginio Wijnaldum (5) – Came in for Milner to provide some defensive support in the 64th. Mostly silent again save for some scrappy moments. Won a free kick🤷‍♀️

Trent Alexander-Arnold (5) – On to give Robbo a breather. Bad foul earned him a yellow. Made his pk.

Divock Origi (N/R) – Came on for Mane in extra time. Oddly, didn’t score. So unlike him. Barely made his pk.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Hard not to give it to Mane, but the entire game changed when Firmino came on. He assisted on the two Mane goals. Was brilliant. 

UEFA Super Cup: Odds, Game Time, Where to Watch (UPDATED)

High Press 10 August 12, 2019

What is the UEFA Super Cup?

The UEFA Super Cup pits the winner of the Champions League against the Europa League victors.

This year’s match features two Premier League squads: Liverpool and Chelsea. It takes place at Vodafone Park in Istanbul, Turkey.

When is the UEFA Super Cup?

The 2019 UEFA Super Cup is this Wednesday, August 14th at 3pm ET. The game is broadcast in the US on TNT and B/R Live.

UEFA Super Cup Odds

Odds updated on 08/14/19

After Liverpool’s dominate win over Norwich City on matchday 1 and Chelsea’s shellacking at the hands of Manchester United, the Reds are priced as favorites. Regular time odds are as follows:

Liverpool -157Draw +300Chelsea +430

Liverpool are also (obviously) viewed as favorites to win the trophy outright:

Liverpool -286Chelsea +220

After losing Alisson to a calf injury on matchday 1, it remains to be seen if Liverpool will trot out their best XI. Expect to see players like Xherdan Shaqiri, James Milner, and Divock Origi get the starting nod.

UEFA Super Cup Prop Bets

Some interesting prop best on DraftKings Sportsbook NJ for the UEFA Super Cup include:

Sadio Mane +360Mo Salah +360Roberto Firmino +500Divock Origi +525
Xherdan Shaqiri +550Rhian Brewster +550Tammy Abraham +750Michy Batshuayi +850
Olivier Giroud +900Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain +1000Adam Lallana +1000James Milner +1000
Pedro Rodríguez +1150Christian Pulisic +1200Naby Keita +1200Willian +1400

Oddsmakers clearly favor Liverpool on the props. They also appear to think Liverpool is running out a heavy B-team line-up (Adam Lallana has better first goal odds than Christian Pulisic).

Oddsmakers also view this as a low-scoring game. Total Goals props include:

  • Over 2.5 +200
  • Under 2.5 -275
  • Over 3.5 +550
  • Under 3.5 -910
  • Over 1.5 -175
  • Under 1.5 +132

Basically, expect a 2-0 Liverpool win.

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