It took Champions League winners, Chelsea 120 minutes and Kepa Arrizabalaga heroics in a penalty shoot-out to win their first UEFA Super Cup since 1998.
At the conclusion of a pre-season campaign described as “pretty demanding” by Thomas Tuchel, it seems obvious that extra-time in the Super Cup did not form part of any grand plan. The laboured efforts of players on both sides during those added 30 minutes added to a sense of inconvenience. Sudden death penalty kicks were still to come.
Still, winning covers a multitude of irritations. Tuchel opted to throw on Kepa Arrizabalaga with penalties looming; a decision fully justified as the Spaniard saved the decisive spot kick from Raul Albiol. Unai Emery’s Villarreal contributed much but this was Chelsea’s trophy.