Chalobah leads the Blues forward, in the second half James, Hudson-Odoi and Werner rage: bianconeri have sprung up, the first defeat in the Champions League makes noise
At Stamford Bridge it ends 4-0 for Chelsea: Chalobah, James, Hudson-Odoi and Werner condemn Juve to the first and very heavy defeat of the season in Europe. Tuchel’s team engages the bianconeri at 12 and overtakes them at the top of group H, thanks to a better goal difference in the direct match. The final classification will still be decided by the last match of the group stage, with Juve facing Malmoe and Chelsea against Zenit.
Out of Kovacic and Havertz, Lukaku returns after a month but only on the bench, Jorginho, uncertain until the end, starts instead among the owners. At his side Kanté, illustrious absent in the first leg. On the Juventus front, Bernardeschi, Danilo, Chiellini and De Sciglio are injured, Dybala is there but is part of the second lines. In the middle, next to Locatelli is Bentancur, with McKennie on the right and Rabiot on the left. Chelsea immediately gave the game a boost, with Hudson-Odoi and Chilwell missing the winning detour ahead of Szczesny. It is the signal: Juve raises the level of attention and thickens in its trocar, compacting the lines. In the English area he will reach us with the ball after 10 minutes, without however concluding, but in any case relieving the massive pressure of Chelsea. A couple of restarts, always on the right on the Cuadrado-McKennie axis, keep the attention of the English alive, who still continue to play the game, pressing high, often changing the game and constantly moving the offensive pawns on the edge of the Juventus area. .
A free-kick from James called Szszesny in the first intervention in the 24th minute and a second blocked on his crossed right in the 37th minute. Juve, crushed behind for long stretches, suffers with dignity. But in the 25th minute he capitulates: on a corner action the ball hits the arm attached to Rudiger’s body, in the area, and arrives at Chalobah, who, all alone, unloads a close right-footed shot for the Pole and scores his first goal in Champions. The Juventus protests are worthless, Chelsea are 1-0 ahead. After three minutes, a lob from Morata on an assist from Locatelli overtook Mendy but one step away from the goal line was uprooted by a miracle of 37-year-old Thiago Silva. Juve takes the first corner kick in the 39th minute, Bonucci anticipates Hudson-Odoi in extremis now face to face with Szczesny, Bentancur misses his aim in injury time.
No change at the beginning of the second half in Juve (in Chelsea Loftus-Cheek has already replaced Kanté), even the script of the match offers nothing new, with Chelsea pushing and Juve retreating, closing and unable to restart, much less becoming dangerous . Until the deadly one-two scored by Tuchel’s team: at 55 ‘Alex Sandro leaves only James in the area, whose conclusion this time leaves no way out for Szczesny. Three minutes pass and Hudson-Odoi fixes the result at 3-0, on an assist from Loftus-Cheek. The left hand turned into a goal by the attacker is the fourth English touch in the Juventus area: a narrow and lethal phrasing on which the defense was unable to intervene. Allegri plays the Dybala card in place of Bentancur, Juve is not demobilized and tries to reorganize, but it is objectively difficult to try to rebalance such an unbalanced match: the difference in level on the pitch is evident and the Juventus bench on this occasion is very short . Arthur takes over from Locatelli and Kean to Morata, but Juve’s repertoire appears inadequate in view of the safety and reliability with which Chelsea keep the field. Kulusevski takes over Chiesa, De Winter makes his debut in the competition in place of Cuadrado, McKennie calls Mendy to a non-trivial intervention, just as Szczesny says no to Ziyech. Then Werner takes care of signing the 4-0 in the 95th minute. And so the Champions League is no longer the Juventus comfort zone of the season.
November 23, 2021 (change November 23, 2021 | 23:24)
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