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Chelsea won the Europa League final on Wednesday night, while Liverpool were crowned European champions after beating Tottenham in the Champions League final on Saturday.
Chelsea will take on Liverpool for the prize of the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday 14 August in Istanbul in Turkey. The match will come as a midweek fixture between the first two Premier League matches of the season.
The venue of the UEFA Super Cup 2019 is the new Besiktas stadium on the banks of the Bosphorus. The reconstructed stadium, which opened in 2016, was built on the same site as Beskitas’ old İnonu Stadium.
Chelsea have played three previous Super Cup matches, while Liverpool have played it 5 times and won it 3 times – 1977, 2001 and 2005. For Chelsea, the Blues beat Real Madrid 1-0 in Monaco in 1998, however, our other two appearances ended in defeat – 4-1 to Atletico Madrid in 2012, again in Monaco, and the following year when a penalty shoot-out decided a match against Bayern Munich in Prague with Jose Mourinho in charge of Chelsea and Pep Guardiola in charge of Barcelona.
This will be the first Super Cup to be contested by two English sides since it began in 1972.
Chelsea will make a return to the Champions League next season after a season without Champions League football.
Some changes have been made by UEFA ahead of next season’s Champions League.
1. Teams competing in the Champions League next season will be allowed to name 12 substitutes. However, only three substitutes will still be allowed to be used, unless a game goes to extra-time where a fourth becomes available.
2. Attacking players won’t be able to stand in the wall of a free-kick. During free-kicks, attacking players must stand at least one metre away from where the wall is situated.
3. During penalties, the goalkeeper must have at least one foot on the goal line. Goalkeepers will also not be allowed to touch the goalposts during penalties to avoid making the crossbar wobble to put off the forward.
4. To avoid time wasting during substitutions, a player being substituted off must leave the pitch at the nearest possible place, as oppose to the halfway line where the player he is replacing comes on from.
5. Just like players, managers will be shown yellow and red cards in next season’s Champions League.
6. Whether intentional or unintentional, a goal that results from the ball touching the hand or arm won’t stand. It also applies even if a hand is used in the creation of the goal.