After 13 rounds of the Italian league, Juventus is only eighth position, but won four matches in the Champions League and ahead of Chelsea, the defender of the trophy and the leader of the Premier League before the fifth round. How was Tuesday?
The meeting at Stamford Bridge began with hurricane attacks by The Blues. But with the first serious intervention, Wojciech Szczęsny had to show off only in the 24th minute, when he defended James’ menacing shot from a free kick. Two minutes later Chelsea were leading 1-0. The ball was played from a corner to Antonio Ruediger, who first touched her with his hand and then turned his head to six meters. There stood unattended Trevoh Chalobah, who defeated Szczęsny with a strong shot. The referee – after the VAR analysis – allowed the goal.
Juventus was close to equalizing already in the 28th minute. Manuel Locatelli tricked Alvaro Morata, and the Spaniard lobbed Mendy’s goalkeeper. However, 37-year-old Tiago Silva kicked the ball just in front of the goal line.
Right after the change of sides, because already in the 55th minute James raised to 2: 0. The Englishman was completely hidden in the penalty area, so he calmly took the ball and banged it indefensively. A minute later it was 3-0 and Hudson Odoi hit the net.
In the 87th minute it could have been 4-0, but Szczęsny saved the shot by Hakim Ziyech in a great style. It was the fourth Pole parade in this match. In added time, Timo Werner scored a goal, but Szczęsny had nothing to say in the shot of the German, who finished Chelsea’s lacy action from the nearest distance.
And although the team of Thomas Tuchel gave a concert, fans of The Blues have reason to worry. Before the break, N’Golo Kante had to leave the field due to an injury. Ben Chilwell also suffered an injury.
For Juventus, this was their worst defeat since Roma beat the Turin 4-0 in 2004. In Europe, such a failure happened 22 years ago, and Celta Vigo turned out to be better then.
Chelsea and Juventus are already getting some progress
Chelsea will face Zenit next matchday, while Juventus will face Malmo. The Russian team drew 1-1 in Sweden in the 5th round. Group H is led by Chelsea who, like Juventus, have 12 points. Zenit is third (4 points), and Malmo is fourth (1 point).
- Barcelona 0-0 Benfica
- Chelsea 4-0 Juventus
- Lille 1 “0 Salzburg
- Malmo 1: 1 Zenith
- Sevilla 2-0 Wolfsburg
- YBB 3: 3 Atalanta