This may not be a major trophy, but neither Bayern Munich nor Chelsea held back today in Prague. Both teams started what could be argued as their strongest possible sides, with Chelsea breaking the bubble wrap around David Luiz for their match against Europe’s champions. Rather than approach the game as an exhibition and use tactics closer to what will be their regular approach, José Mourinho instilled the type of plan usually reserved for heavy underdogs or the knockout rounds of UEFA Champions League.
The approach made for a lot of tension today in Prague, where Chelsea’s robust defending left a possession-hogging Bayern on Petr Cech’s doorstep, rarely able to get through to goal. A last second goal from Javi Martínez eventually busted down that door, leading to Bayern’s eventual win on penalty kicks, but until then, it looked like Mourinho’s plan was about to give Chelsea their third European trophy in 15 months.
Though it wasn’t meant to be, the final product was still one of the best UEFA Super Cups in recent memory, the highlights from which are above. For the first time in their club’s history, Bayern Munich claimed the Super Cup, with Pep Guardiola winning his first trophy in Germany.