UEFA Super Cup 2023: The ultimate showdown preview
Champions collide: UEFA Super Cup 2023 full preview
The champions of the two most prestigious European competitions will face off against one another in a struggle for supremacy at the UEFA Super Cup 2023, primed to offer a spectacle that transcends the limitations of national rivalries. Fans, experts, and enthusiasts alike are preparing for an epic match between the winners of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League that will display remarkable skill and strategy and honor the spirit of competition and unity. The stories, the strengths, the plans, and the main players that will create this big finale on the stage of European football are examined in this preview.
2023 UEFA Super Cup details
The 2023 UEFA Super Cup fixture is between the UEFA Champions League winners and the UEFA Europa League winner.
Match: Manchester City vs Sevilla
Date: Wednesday, 16th August 2023
Time: 21:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus, Attica, Greece
Preview of the UEFA Super Cup 2023
First-time UEFA Champions League winners Manchester City will play in their first-ever Super Cup final against seven-time UEFA Europa League winner Sevilla. Let’s look at how these teams booked their spot in the emphatic finale.
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- After losing a painful final to Chelsea in 2021 and being eliminated in the semifinals by Real Madrid in 2022, Manchester City was locked in this time. Pep Guardiola’s side were ruthless in the pursuit of the club’s first-ever European silverware.
- Man City kicked off the competition in Group G alongside Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, and Copenhagen. City won four of six games, and two ended in a draw against Copenhagen and Dortmund. Man City met RB Leipzig in the Round of 16; Man City won 8-1 on aggregate, with Erling Haaland scoring five goals in the second leg.
- In the quarterfinal, City faced a formidable opponent Bayern Munich. At that time, the Bavarians had recently undergone a managerial transition. Man City and Bayern, led by Thomas Tuchel, drew again 1-1 in the first leg. With a 3-0 victory in the return match, City silenced its detractors.
- Real Madrid, a European powerhouse, was Man City’s opponent in the semifinals. A 1-1 draw resulted in the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu. Guardiola’s City, on the other hand, recorded a 4-0 victory in the return leg at the Etihad to guarantee their second appearance in the finals in three years.
- In the finals, Manchester City played Inter Milan. The Cityzens finally laid their hands on the much-awaited Champions League trophy as Rodri’s second-half goal secured a 1-0 win. The feeling was ecstatic as Pep Guardiola not only won his first Champions League since his days in Barcelona but also Man City’s maiden UCL trophy.
- Sevilla is no stranger to the Europa League. There’s a reason they hold the record for most Europa League Cup wins, and they proved it in the just concluded edition.
- Sevilla started in the Champions League, ironically in the same group as Manchester City. They finished third in the group, which saw them join the Europa League in the round of 32. Sevilla faced PSV in the round of 32 and won 3-2 on aggregate, thanks to their impressive first-leg performance.
- The multiple Europa League winners faced Fenerbahçe next and won 2-1 in the round of sixteen. In the semi-finals, Sevilla faces a huge test in Premier League giants Manchester United. The first leg ended in a dramatic 2-2 scoreline, with Sevilla equalizing late in the game. Sevilla hosted United at home for the second leg and schooled the red devils to a 3-0 win to progress to the semi-finals.
- Sevilla was up against Italian powerhouse Juventus in the semi-finals. The first leg ended 1-1, but the second leg was more competitive. It had to come to a late Erik Lamela winner in added time for Sevilla to win 3-2 on aggregate and progress to the finals.
- The finals saw Sevilla play Jose Mourinho’s Roma. Roma opened the scoring, but Sevilla responded in the second half, eventually taking the game to penalties. Roma converted just once in the penalty shootout as Sevilla scored all four to cruise to their seventh Europa League trophy win.
Prediction for UEFA Super Cup 2023
Manchester City is the better team here. The fact that Pep Guardiola lost the Community Shield to Arsenal just a couple of days before this final will come into play here. Despite Sevilla’s productive and pleasant preseason, the Europa League champions face a challenging task. Although having many appearances in this final, Sevilla’s experience matters little in the Supercup. Despite making their first appearance in the Super Cup finals, Manchester City is tipped to win.
Pick: Manchester City to win
The football community will be fixated on this magnificent sight as the two clubs enter the Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis in Piraeus. A winner will emerge as the final whistle sounds, leaving their name inscribed in football history. For more football news, do follow FBR.
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