The annual clash between the Champions League and Europa League winners took place on Thursday at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.
It’s been less than a month since they saw PSG in Learban to win the most coveted award in European football, but they already have a chance to pick up more silverware. Judging by what happened during the opening week of the Bundesliga season, the criteria in the interim are not too low.
The German champions beat Schalke 8-0 in Michigan, Serge Gnabri set a hat-trick and former Manchester City winger Leroy Sane scored the debut goal. Sevilla, who beat Inter Milan 3-2 in the Europa League final on August 21, still have their home season in La Liga.
The clash of performances will also be significant for the fact that supporters will be allowed to join, with one-third of the 67,000-seat stadium open to the public.
This is the first major European match involving fans since the Covid-19 ban began, and the Hungarian government has insisted it will be safe to attend after strict cleaning and distance measures are implemented.
Both sides have won just one previous UEFA Super Cup, Bayern in 2013 and Sevilla in 2006.
The Germans are ready to welcome Alfonso Davis from injury after he missed Schalke’s hammer of the week, but Kingsley Common – the key goal scorer against PSG – and new signing Tangue Nyanzu are skeptical. For Sevilla, newcomer Ivan Rakitic is likely to be in the headlines, making his second start for the club, returning to Barcelona this summer after six years.