UEFA have made a decision on the UEFA Super Cup after Chelsea booked a place in the fixture.
Chelsea reached the Super Cup after winning the Champions League in 2012, but they were stunned by a Radamel Falcao hat-trick, losing 4-1 to Atletico Madrid, and they were beaten on penalties by Bayern Munich a year later after they won the Europa League.
Their fortunes didn’t get much better in 2019 after losing on penalties again following another Europa League crown, this time losing to Liverpool.
That means their only Super Cup victory to date remains 1998 when they beat Real Madrid 1-0 after a UEFA Cup victory earlier in the year.
And they will have to defeat Spanish opposition again to add to their sole super Cup victory, set to take on Europa League winners Villarreal in August.
Villarreal defeated Manchester United 11-10 on penalties in the Europa League final to win their first-ever major trophy, also knocking out Arsenal on their way to the final.
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And as both sides cast an early eye on their next piece of silverware, UEFA have made a decision on where the Super Cup will be held.
The fixture was supposed to be held in Belfast, but after Istanbul lost the Champions League final for a second successive year due to coronavirus restrictions, there were reports they would be handed the Super Cup.
But after much deliberation, UEFA have confirmed the fixture will still take place in Belfast, telling COPE the venue stands, and the fixture will take place at Windsor Park on August 11 with an 8pm kick-off.