Istanbul (dpa) - Jürgen Klopp must laugh, but the memory hurts a bit. The European Supercup is "not the game I've liked to watch in the past," said the German coach of the Champions League winner Liverpool in a good mood in the video interview of UEFA.
"I've been to finals so many times - and the Supercup is the definitive proof that you did not win," said Klopp. But this year, on Wednesday (21.00 clock / Sky and DAZN) in Istanbul against Chelsea, it was "very different".
For the first European title of the season traditionally play the winner of the premier class and the winner of the Europa League - the two best teams of the preseason. Three times, including 2013 with Borussia Dortmund, Klopp had already failed in a major European finals and avoided therefore at the Supercup broadcast the TV. But in the Turkish metropolis, the 52-year-old is now in the middle of it - and the clear favorite.
His counterpart, the English former international Frank Lampard, is already under pressure after the failed start to the season in the Premier League. Chelsea had lost to Sunday's opener 4-0 at Manchester United. Liverpool won by a score of 4: 1 against promoted Norwich City.
"Actually, I can not say anything bad about the game, except for Ali's injury," said Klopp. Brazilian international goalkeeper Alisson suffered a blistering injury to the calf and is out of action for the Supercup. He is expected to be represented by the Spanish newcomer Adrián.
"People will say we are the favorites because (in England, the Red.) We finished second and won the Champions League," Klopp said before the first Premier League match day. The ex-Dortmunder admonished: "It's about who is better prepared for the day - hopefully we are."
Lampard, who came from second division Derby County this summer, will also be worried in Istanbul about replacing superstar Eden Hazard, who has joined Real Madrid. The committed by Borussia Dortmund Christian Pulisic could fill this role sometime, on Sunday in Manchester, the 20-year-old came to just over 30 minutes of playing time. "He'll be a fantastic player," said Lampard.
For the European Football Union, which hosts the competition since the 1973/74 season, the Supercup is advertising and previewing the upcoming season. For the first time in a weighted UEFA competitive match in men's football, a referee will also play for Frenchman Stéphanie Frappart. The streets around the modern Besiktas Park near the famous Taksim Square will be populated by thousands of Englishmen.
"Two English teams are another sign, another proof of the quality of the Premier League," said Klopp, who would like to relinquish the strain of the journey. "It's a four and a half hour flight - Istanbul around the corner would have been nicer. But apart from that, it's a big number. "
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