Bayern Beat Chelsea To Lift UEFA Super Cup
|*A sad Chelsea boss, Mourinho.|
Bayern Munich overpowered 10-man Chelsea via penalty shootouts to lift the UEFA Super Cup Friday night, and gain a measure of revenge for their 2012 Champions League final defeat.
Romelu Lukaku missed the decisive spot-kick after Chelsea came within seconds of victory in extra time only for Javi Martinez to take the game to penalties.
Fernando Torres had given Chelsea the lead before Franck Ribery equalised. Eden Hazard restored Chelsea’s lead despite Ramires being sent off, but Martinez and Bayern had the last word. Even in defeat, this was a typically gritty and courageous performance by Jose Mourinho’s side, who played the final 40 minutes with 10 men. That they came within seconds of lifting the first trophy of their manager’s second spell at Stamford Bridge made defeat all the more painful.
It was a night when there had been familiarity and contempt on both side. Bayern had not forgotten that they lost the Champions League via penalties in the same manner, and Friday’s game was the first meeting since that night but the build-up had nevertheless been dominated, not by talk of Chelsea versus Bayern but by the rivalry between Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, competitors with contrasting identities.The quality of the football ensured that storyline was a sideshow, as Mourinho and Chelsea delivered a statement of intent to the rest of Europe.
This time last season, the then European champions had been humiliated by the brilliance of Radamel Falcao in Monaco as Atletico Madrid beat them 4-1 to expose a vulnerability that ultimately cost Roberto Di Matteo his job. This was an altogether more robust Chelsea performance.