Istanbul (AP) - Coach Jürgen Klopp attacks on Wednesday (21.00 clock / Sky and DAZN) with Liverpool for the next title. Opponent in the Supercup of the European Football Union in Istanbul is Chelsea FC.
The showdown between the Champions League winner and the Europa League winner has traditionally been going on for years before the start of the group stages in the two major UEFA competitions, which will be drawn at the end of August.
COMPETITION: The Supercup has been officially hosted by UEFA since 1973. Record winners are FC Barcelona and AC Milan, each with five wins. As the only German club in 2013, Bayern Munich had brought the UEFA title. Liverpool triumphed three times so far (1977,2001,2005), Chelsea won in 1998. The Supercup winner not only gets a nice cup and a title for the letterhead, but also 4.5 million euros. The loser still drives home with 3.5 million euros.
STATISTICS: Even if it were to be expected that the Champions League winner would often prevail, the statistics are almost balanced so far. Of the 43 Supercup games won only 23 times the winner of the higher-class competition in the preseason. However, Liverpool is also considered a favorite aside from last season. The team of Jürgen Klopp won the prelude of the Premier League last weekend superior with 4: 1 against promoted Norwich City. Chelsea went with the new coach Frank Lampard 0-4 at Manchester United.
JÜRGEN KLOPP: Three times, the 52-year-old just missed the Supercup. 2013 with Borussia Dortmund against Munich and 2018 with Liverpool against Real Madrid he lost the final of the premier class, 2016 Klopp defeated with the Reds in the final of the Europa League Manchester City. After the Liverpool triumph in June against Tottenham Hotspur but now everything was different, said the former Bundesliga coach.
ISTANBUL: The fans of the Reds will especially have good memories of the Turkish metropolis. Istanbul hosted the legendary Champions League final in 2005, when Liverpool lost 3-0 to AC Milan at half-time, but then won on penalties. However, the match took place at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium, a good distance from the new Besiktas Park, which will be played on Wednesday.
SAFETY: In order to prevent incidents among the English fans, the Turkish police goes big. According to the news platform T24 15,000 officials are deployed throughout the city, 8500 of them around the stadium. Chelsea have requested 5000 tickets, Liverpool 8000 tickets. The Besiktas Park holds a good 38,000 spectators.
REFEREE: For the first time, a referee will play a major UEFA competitive game in men's football. The association nominated the Frenchwoman Stéphanie Frappart. "She is very, very good," said UEFA refereeing chief Roberto Rosetti on the 35-year-old who has been playing in Ligue 1 since the spring. "She knows everything about football and is very strong mentally. She is ready for this game. »
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