The two football champions of Europe played against each other in the Super Cup this Friday. Normally this game isn´t taken seriously, as the two teams never feel they have to prove anything to the other. Chelsea and Bayern Munich however played as if this were the most important match of the year, which it was, but for the coaches, not for the clubs.
Mourinho and Guardiola have always been each other´s enemies from the moment they became the coaches of Real Madrid and Barcelona. Now that they have both started at a new club, they still don´t like each other and that´s exactly what made the match interesting. Both teams went for the win and gave a high quality performance which lasted for 120 minutes. The commentator said they were an example for the European football for the rest of this year.
Being an example is not as easy as showing how good you can play football, but also how you behave in a match. The pressure that the coaches put on the match resulted in 10 yellow cards, of which 2 became a red one. 10 is a lot by itself already, but it was not the result of some healthy competitions between the teams. Normally yellow cards are penalties for tackles meant to hit the ball but turn out to be a little uncontrolled. The tackles in this match where never meant for the ball. Mourinho´s team was especially responsible for the amount of cards; more than half of his 11 players that started received a yellow card. Teams under his command always seem to play with the idea that the end justifies the means. No matter how many injuries the other team has, if his team wins the match everything went according to plan.
The saddest part about this match is that Chelsea and Bayern Munich don’t even meet each other that much. They don’t play in the same competition; European tournaments are the only possibility of a match between the two. There is no reason for them to play so aggressive. This shows how big the influence of a coach, Mourinho in particular, can be on his team, when his motivations don’t even have that much to do with a match. Lukaku, a talented young player who is only 20 years old, receives yellow card before even having touched the ball for the first time, tackling a German player for no apparent reason.
The question is whether it is worth it. The Super Cup is a fun match to win but not that special. No players were seriously injured this time but if they were it would actually be for nothing. The match is special in name only. Ramires stretches out with his leg in the second half, aiming for and successfully hitting Götze’s ankle. Götze was lucky not to break any bones. Ramires was lucky because he was only shown a yellow card, his second, but it should’ve been a direct red card.
Is such a match worth it when you’re not actually playing for something but rather for someone, for your coach, Mourinho, who is safely sitting on the bench and complaining when Ramires is sent off, looking bewildered at the decision of the referee, acting like a 10 year old kid screaming for attention; while Mourinho too knows that Ramires deserved red for doing what Mourinho instructed him before the match. This is not the way football should be played, this is not an example and it is definitely not worth it.