Chelsea v Bayern Munich preview: 5 key battles

HITC preview this evening's Super Cup final match in Prague that pits the Champions League winners, Barcelona, against the Europa Cup holders, Chelsea.

1): Jose Mourinho v Pep Guardiola

This is arguably the most intriguing clash of them all. Mourinho, whilst in England, built up a reputation as an unbeatable manager, particularly when the Portuguese was orchestrating his Chelsea team at Stamford Bridge. However, against Guardiola, he actually has a losing record. In their 16 meetings to date, Jose has prevailed just three times, compared to Pep's seven.

2): Eden Hazard v Philipp Lahm

Dribbling forward Hazard is renowned for his passing ability (86% completed this season), finishing, ability to hold onto the ball and how his feet are a magnet for fouls. Versatile full back Lahm, though, is a clean defender who rarely picks up bookings and has a fouls committed ratio of two in every five matches. He does not dive into tackles, winning the ball when on his feet, instead.

3): John Terry v Mario Mandzukic

The man of the match versus Manchester United will be tasked with shielding Petr Cech from the striking of Mario Mandukic, who has a 64% accuracy rate of shots on goal having found the target seven times this season from 11 chances in three games. Terry has never been one to worry about bruises and so will launch himself at air-bound balls in order to deny Mandzukic a route to goal.

4): Ramires v Franck Ribery

Javi Martinez's may/may not be included due to his abdominal issue, Ramires' task of closing down Bayern's plentiful attackers could be focused on Franck Ribery, particularly if the Frenchman lines up on the left side as Ramires will likely be the player on the right side of a midfield two.

5): Juan Mata v Toni Kroos

With the doubts lingering over Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez, one player who does have experience protecting the rearguard is Kroos. Because of Schurrle's underwhelming effort on Monday evening, he may not receive a start, which could be afforded to the more rested Juan Mata, who could exploit Kroos' lack of a natural partner and a fragile Bayern backline.

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