Liverpool once again had a good memory in Istanbul but Chelsea, despite losing, still received positive reviews.
Sadio Mane’s performance against Chelsea
Mark Jones, at the beginning of the article about the European Super Cup match 2019, wrote: “History has a habit of repeating what happens in football, and that once again brings Liverpool to a European title.” And indeed, one more Istanbul night, also with the scenario that was preceded and had to enter the shootout, brought to Liverpool the second European title within 3 months.
Directed first, but Sadio Mane’s brace helped Liverpool lead 2-1 in extra time before Jorginho equalized 2-2 from an error by Adrian. But in the shootout, Adrian himself became a hero for Liverpool, blocking Tammy Abraham’s shot at the last kick so Liverpool could pass Chelsea 5-4 in a series of “gunfights”.
Goal.com posted an article entitled “Crazy Week.” More than 10 days ago Adrian was still an unemployed goalkeeper after finishing his contract with West Ham but was signed by the current Champions League champions. And from the reserve position for Alisson, the injury of the Brazilian goalkeeper pushed Adrian to the main capture position and helped him get the first title in his career.
Chelsea lost in the penalty shootout but different from the big 0-4 defeat to MU over the weekend, they gained a lot of encouragement from the press. Daniel Taylor of The Guardian wrote: “The end of the match was really cruel for Chelsea, maybe Coach Lampard was tired of praising good players but ultimately failed to achieve any results.”
James Olley of the London Evening Standard stressed that Lampard seemed to be very unlucky in European Super Cup matches when he lost twice in the game as a player. “But tonight, they discovered their perseverance and found their way. Sarri’s school has not been thrown away by Lampard but Kante’s performance is proof, and the French midfielder will continue to play a key role in Chelsea’s success this season, ”Olley concluded.