Istanbul magic & other 5 strong reasons why Liverpool must beat Chelsea
Despite Community Shield loss, Reds could still win a trophy early into the season as Jurgen Klopp's lads are set to battle against Chelsea for the 2019 UEFA Super Cup at Vodafone Park in Istanbul on Wednesday. So here are 6 reasons why it's highly likely to happen.
1. Chelsea's defence is quite a mess
In their most recent 4 fixtures, Chelsea have conceded a total of 12 goals suffering a 4-0 debacle against Man United on Sunday. Antonio Rudiger is far from his usual best in terms of fitness while Lampard has recently confirmed that N'Golo Kante has picked up yet another injury. Meanwhile, recent games prove team to be prone to making simple errors both when in ball possession and when not, with Kurt Zouma producing a nightmare display against Man United while Arrizabalaga doesn't seem very confident in his decision making.
2. It's quite a mess in terms of tactics as well
Lampard is trying to build a team that heavily relies on pressing and covering the zones the attacks might potentially develop through when defending. And while one certainly can give Chelsea credit for trying their desperate efforts, it doesn't seem to work out. The system when pressing is still very much in progress of making, with the team lacking compactness, cohesion and perfectly tuned balance when closing down the opposing team. This leaves huge (and we mean really huge) pockets of space for our ruthless attackers to burst into.
3. Klopp eats such teams for dinner
We imagine Klopp's mouth has been watering when watching Man United tear Chelsea apart. Lampard's side in its current state is no less than an opponent of Klopp's dreams. A team who are more than willing to attack with full force, who are constantly pressing with a huge amount of players involved and who leave, you guessed it, spaces behind. Reds have the pace, the work rate, the space control and loose ball tackling adjusted to perfection when facing such opponents.
4. Oh, Mane, Mane
Reread the previous points and imagine Sadio Mane featuring in the starting XI. And according to Klopp he's pretty fit to do so. Of course, we can't expect his current fitness level to allow him to tear up his left flank with a supersonic speed we all grown accustomed to during previous campaigns. However, even with one leg cut off Sadio would demolish all of the few Blues' defensive structures, should they provide him with the amount of space Rashford was granted during Sunday clash. Not to mention, that the opposite flank will face Salah's flaming form at the start of the season.
One shouldn't forget that the current Chelsea's squad mostly consists of youngsters enjoying their first season as a sufficient first-team option at Stamford Bridge. The likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham have never competed at such high level, while enduring 4-0 defeat during the season debut will certainly affect their mentality. At the same time, Liverpool enter the Super Cup in the status of the Champions League triumphants, with a bit of 'football arrogance' in their eyes, as pinpointedly noted by Carragher.
6. Istanbul magic
This city has a special place secured in the Reds fans' hearts. Hopefully, some magic from that beautiful night back in May 2005 is still floating around the stands. At least, the magic produced by Liverpool supporters will surely be rocking Istanbul to its core once again, there's no doubt about that.