Liverpool & the 2020 Community Shield
As the 2019-20 Premier League champions, Liverpool have already booked their spot in the Community Shield.
The Community Shield is normally played out between the winners of the English top-flight and the side who clinched the FA Cup that year.
The FA have scheduled this season’s Community Shield to take place on August 23rd.
However, the Champions League final is also set to take place on August 23rd.
Chelsea’s possible scheduling problem
We now know that either Arsenal or Chelsea will be crowned the 2019-20 FA Cup winner.
Arsenal beat Man City in one semi-final, while Chelsea beat Man United in the other.
If Arsenal go on to win the FA Cup, then the Gunners will face Liverpool in the Community Shield.
However, if Chelsea win the FA Cup, there’s an outside possibility that the Blues will face a significant scheduling problem.
Chelsea are still in the Champions League
While it’s incredibly unlikely, Chelsea could end up winning this season’s Champions League.
The Blues are still in the competition, although few will back the Blues to reach the quarter-finals.
Bayern Munich are 3-0 up on the Pensioners after their last-16 first-leg. The second-leg is in Germany.
Yet, if Chelsea remarkably manage to progress past Bayern, scheduling problems may quickly arise.
Chelsea play Bayern on 8 August though. And players supposed to get 3 weeks off.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) July 19, 2020
and season could end for Chelsea on August 23 with a CL final
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) July 19, 2020
What will happen if Chelsea cannot compete in the Community Shield?
According to Times reporter Martyn Ziegler, if Chelsea win the FA Cup but cannot compete in the Community Shield, then the likeliest outcome will be that Arsenal (as the FA Cup losing finalists) would be asked to play Liverpool in the traditional curtain-raiser before the season.
Yet, that’s not set in stone.
Think FA would invite losing finalist if winner unavailable. Man C v Man U was the potential problem
— Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) July 19, 2020
The Times have previously speculated that Leeds United, as the winners of the Championship, could end up playing the Community Shield against the Reds.