FC Porto vs. FC Barcelona
The winners of last seasons UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League get set to clash, as Spanish giants FC Barcelona take on Portuguese kings FC Porto in the annual UEFA Super Cup at the Stade Louis II in Monaco. Barcelona come into this match fresh off their two-legged Spanish Super Cup triumph over rivals Real Madrid and are now looking to claim their second piece of silverware before their domestic campaign even kicks off, and with said domestic season currently on strike this team may not have full match sharpness. Barca have made some key signings in the transfer market, as coach Josep Guardiola has brought in Chilean superstar forward Alexis Sánchez as well as the long awaited and drawn out return of midfielder Cesc Fàbregas to the Catalan outfit. The team has also promoted youngsters Thiago Alcântara and Andreu Fontàs from the Barcelona B side, however this team still revolves around a player widely considered the best player on the planet in Forward Lionel Messi. Without even properly getting to mention the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta, David Villa amongst others this team has some how gotten better, the hard part will be how coach Guardiola will fit everyone into what can only be described as a juggernaut.
As for Porto, they begin life without both their beloved manager and leading scorer, as both André Villas-Boas and Radamel Falcao have joined English and Spanish sides Chelsea FC and Atlético Madrid respectively. That being said the side that did the double last season winning both the league and European trophies is largely in tact, as new coach Vítor Pereira still has the likes of forward Hulk, midfielder Fredy Guarín and two defenders fresh off winning the Copa America with Uruguay in Jorge Fucile and Álvaro Pereira. In terms of new signings the club has brought in highly touted Belgian midfielder Steven Defour from Standard de Liège, this is a good young player at only 23 years of age and will add even more quality to a packed midfield. Porto is currently top of the Portuguese First Division after two matches and will be looking to repeat as league champions this time around, it will be interesting to see how this team copes without Falcao as the season progresses. It’s clear they have the collective group to move on without him but much of the finished product was catered around him hitting the back of the net, at the moment they seem to have made Hulk the main man and he has obliged with three league goals.