The Blues have participated in three Super Cup finals, most recently in 2013 when Bayern Munich beat us on penalties in Prague. The season before that, following our Champions League triumph over the Germans, we took on Atletico Madrid, where a hat-trick from Falcao gave the Spaniards a 4-1 win
This clash of European royalty – Chelsea and Liverpool – will be the 60th meeting between the pair since 2000, making it the most played fixture in all competitions between English sides in the 21st century.
Premier League clubs made history with the clean sweep of participants in UEFA’s finals, so it was inevitable this would be the first all-England Super Cup. Chelsea earned a place by humbling local rivals Arsenal 4-1 in the Europa League final, while Liverpool edged Tottenham 2-0 in an underwhelming Champions League denouement.
The showpiece event will also become the highest profile men’s game to be refereed by a woman, a development warmly welcomed by head coach Frank Lampard. France’s Stephanie Frappart has previously officiated a Ligue 1 game between Amiens and Strasbourg, and in England, of course, referee’s assistant Sian Massey-Ellis has run Premier League lines with distinction for more than eight years.