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Familiar foes but with new teams face off on Friday as Champions League winners Bayern Munich under the guidance of Pep Guardiola will face Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, the reigning Europa league holders.
At stake is the first continental prize of the 2013/2014, the European Super Cup. While neither manager claimed the silverware that brings them to Prague for the Showcase event both managers will be looking for their trophy’s since taking the helm at their clubs.
Given their status as two of the best coaches in World football at present, not to mention their previous rivalry whilst with Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga, much of the focus will be on the dugout with events on the field almost playing second fiddle.
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Mourinho has a poor record against Guardiola, winning just three of the 15 games in which they have faced each other, however Chelsea do have good recent history against Bayern following their Champions League success in 2012.
The former Real Madrid manager has looked comfortable since his arrival back in England and while he is full of praise for the German champions, who he described as the “perfect team” the Portuguese tactician will be hoping for victory.
“Before we start the Champions League it’s very good to play with Bayern” Mourinho said
“I don’t want players to feel that because we were successful in the Europa League, you can keep the same level and you can be successful in the Champions League, because it’s a different planet.
“What I really feel is that in spite of a difference in experience between the two teams and the stability Bayern has – because over the last years they were basically the same team, the same players – we can compete against them.
“And when you compete eye to eye, it means you think you can win and we think we can.”
Guardiola meanwhile has made a somewhat slow, by German standards, start to life in Bavaria, losing the German Super Cup to Borussia Dortmund and struggling for fluidity in their unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season.
In their most recent outing they dominated but ultimately drew with Freiburg, a result that saw them move a point clear at the top of the table but having played a game more than their rivals.
Bayern will be without Thiago Alcantara and Holger Badstuber while newly crowned UEFA player of the year Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Mario Mandzukic, Philipp Lahm and David Alaba will play after being rested mid-week however Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez are doubts and will be assessed before the game.
Chelsea also sit top of the Premier League but like Bayern they are a point clear and have played a game more. Workmanlike is probably the best description of Chelsea at this early stage of the season so far but with new signings Willian, who won’t feature, and Samuel Eto’o set to join the ranks the Blues are set to move up a gear in the coming weeks.
David Luiz has travelled with the squad after overcoming a hamstring injury and could feature.