Chelsea are back in competitive action for the season and this is when things really begin to get tasty again.

You can almost smell the new season again now, especially after Chelsea beat London rivals Arsenal 2-1 in a friendly at the weekend.

They face Spurs today in another pre-season friendly, then it is all systems go ahead of their first league match against Crystal Palace on August the 14th.

First up, it is Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday the 11th of August, and this will be another chance for Thomas Tuchel to lift some silverware before the new season even begins.

It wont be an easy game though against the Europa League winners, and Tuchel has been joking about his counterpart’s success at winning the Europa League!

The Blues boss was speaking to the UEFA website ahead of the game next week, and he was full of praise for Unai Emery.

He said:

“What nicer way to start the season than with a European final! I have huge respect for Villarreal and Unai Emery. I mean, they will have to call [the UEFA Europa League] the Unai Emery Trophy soon! He’s incredible.

I think they will approach this game feeling they have nothing to lose. We will do all we can to take the trophy, though.”

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