Thomas Tuchel celebrates his 50th game at Chelsea with an impressive 4-0 victory against the Old Lady.
Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).
After enduring a tough defeat in Turin two months ago, Chelsea took on Juventus in Tuesday evening’s standout fixture at Stamford Bridge.
Currently sat at the top of the group, Massimiliano Allegri’s side have already secure qualification from the group. The same can’t be said for Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea however, who needed to simply avoid defeat to book their spot in the last 16.
That being said, qualification wasn’t the only agenda for the London club, who were still determined to top the group.
Looking to become the first team to record three consecutive Champions Leaguye victories against Chelsea, Allegri named a star-studded side with featured former Chelsea players Juan Cuadrado and Álvaro Morata.
Chelsea began the game brilliantly and came close to opening their account inside two minutes as N’Golo Kanté drove to the byline before testing the Juventus defence with a dangerous cross.
The ball found it’s way to Callum Hudson-Odoi – who alongside Ben Chilwell – mishit the ball with the chance going begging for the Blues. Tuchel’s side looked in control from the start of the game, remaining on the front foot against their Italian opposition.
On the 23rd minute, Reece James looked to catch Wojciech Szczęsny out with a shot from a tightly angled free-kick. However, the Polish international did brilliantly to get down a make the stop.
Just two minutes later, the deadline was broken as Trevoh Chalobah converted a sweet volley on his first ever Champions League start.
The defender saw the ball arrive to him after striking the arm of Antonio Rüdiger. Despite the protests from the visitors, VAR supported the decision and Chelsea were ahead.
Looking to respond immediately, Álvaro Morata looked to punish his old team but was dramatically denied by a goal line clearance from 37-year-old Thiago Silva. The Brazilian - who almost injured himself in the process – game to Chelsea’s rescue with a superb piece of defending.
There were later half chances for the hosts, with Reece James coming closest as he forced another high quality save from Szczęsny. Juventus were limited to just one final shot in the first half, which was skied by Rodrigo Bentancur.
Looking to take their chances and build on their lead, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech linked up with the 20-year-old’s effort blocked for yet another Chelsea corner. The set-pieces were beginning to tally up at Stamford Bridge, with Thiago Silva’s header later finding the target.
On the 55th minute, the Blues found a second as Reece James continued his hot form with a striker’s effort to beat Szczęsny.
Three minutes later, Chelsea found a third as another academy product added their name to the scoresheet. This time it was Callum Hudson-Odoi, with the Blues firmly in control of the game.
Despite the scoreline, the hosts suffered another injury in Europe as Ben Chilwell was forced into being replaced by César Azpilicueta.
The Italians didn’t create much in the second half, but did force a great save from Édouard Mendy in the 82ndminute as the Blues shot stopper denied Weston McKennie.
Although there were chances for a fourth goal throughout the second half, Chelsea finally put the cherry on top in the final minute of stoppage time as substitute Timo Werner finished off another sweeping Blues move.
After the whistle:
Last night’s game proved just how good Chelsea are, who looked as if they could have even gone up a few more gears in a 4-0 victory against one of Europe’s biggest teams.
The Old Lady – who didn’t pose much of a threat going forward – were torn apart from start to finish. More impressively, the clean sheet achieved was Chelsea’s 31st in Tuchel’s 50 games – which only highlights just how good the German has his side playing.
The three points picked up now puts the Blues on top of their group, which puts them in a great position going into their sixth and final game against Zenit. Before they make the trip to Russia in December, Chelsea will play three Premier League games which begins on Sunday against Manchester United.
Juventus also return to league action on the weekend as they face Atalanta in Turin.
Chelsea 4-0 Juventus.
- Chalobah (25’).
- James (55’).
- Hudson-Odoi (58’).
- Werner (90+5’).
BBC Sports Player of the match:
Reece James (Chelsea).
Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Rüdiger; James, Kanté (37’), Jorginho © (76’), Chilwell (71’); Ziyech, Hudson-Odoi (76’); Pulisic (72’).
- Subs: Loftus-Cheek (37’), Azpilicueta (71’), Werner (72’), Saúl (76’), Mount (76’),
Juventus (4-4-2): Szczęsny; Cuadrado (81’), Bonucci ©, de Ligt, Sandro; McKennie, Bentancur (59’), Locatelli (67’), Rabiot; Chiesa (80’), Morata (67’).
- Subs: Dybala (59’), Arthur (67’), Kean (67’), Kulusevski (80’), de Winter (81’).
Chelsea (54%) vs Juventus (46%).
Chelsea (21) vs Juventus (8).
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