Chelsea v Atletico Madrid
Friday 31 August 2012, 19:45 KO
UEFA Super Cup, Monaco
Chelsea will be without suspended captain John Terry for Friday's Super Cup match against Atletico Madrid, despite the defender returning to training following the neck injury that ruled him out of last weekend's Premier League victory over Newcastle.
Roberto Di Matteo has no fresh injury concerns ahead of tonight's game in Monaco, with Marko Marin again expected to miss out with his hamstring problem.
Atletico Madrid also have a clean bill of health, aside from long-term absentee Kader. Diego Simeone is set to name an unchanged side to the one that stuck four goals past Athletic Bilbao earlier this week.
Thibaut Courtois is eligible to play against his employers after re-signing for Los Rojiblancos on loan from Chelsea for another season, while prolific striker Radamel Falcao - who has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge - is also set to feature for the Spaniards.
Mata: Let's make Chelsea history
Juan Mata is hopeful Chelsea can emulate their European success in May and lift the UEFA Super Cup for the second time in the club's history against Atletico Madrid tonight.
The 24-year-old Spaniard is desperate to build on the Blues' Champions League triumph last term, starting with victory in Monaco - the same location as the last time they claimed the trophy.
Roberto Di Matteo was part of the Chelsea team that secured that trophy against Real Madrid in 1998, and now the manager will be looking to go one better in 2012.
"A Super Cup is a special opportunity," Mata told Chelsea's official website. "It's a Spanish team as well, a team where I have good friends. We'd like to add this trophy to our list of achievements.
"It's very special, we want to win because of the team, the club. Winning the Champions League was a special moment and now we have another opportunity."
Mata's debut season at Stamford Bridge could hardly have been more successful with an FA Cup winners' medal to add to his ever-growing collection of silverware, that has also been complimented by winning the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine this summer.
The midfielder has started the new campaign in similarly scintillating form, establishing an impressive forward partnership with new signing Eden Hazard, and fellow compatriot Fernando Torres.
"Hazard is a good player, he's fitted in very quickly," Mata continued. "He's doing everything very well, has a lot of quality and can win a game on his own. We have a great understanding on the pitch already.
"We have big rivals, Fernando [Torres] knows them very well. They have a strong team, good strikers and defenders as well as quality midfielders."