Chiesa provides the goods as the Old Ladies tame Chelsea
Struggling Old Ladies were agile against their visitors as they defeated the Blue side of London with a solitary goal in their second UCL game in group H.
Having recorded a convincing 3-0 win in their first UCL game at Malmö, the Italian giants now top the group with a perfect record and six points.
Italy forwards Federico Chiesa and Federico Bernardeschi were the orchestra that ran the show with their consistent penetration into the heart of Chelsea’s defense.
The big Romelu Lukaku that could have caused the damage was held and tamed throughout the encounter as a determined Juventus defeated the injury-depleted trophy defenders Chelsea with a Lone goal from Fredrico Chiesa in the second half of the encounter.
About 30 seconds into the second phase of the game, Chiesa sprinted onto a through ball from his fellow Italian Bernardeschi and beat defender Antonio Rudiger to net what has touted a difficult GOAL of the tie.
Bernardeschi could have made it 2 but he tripped when he wanted to redirect a cross from his Colombian teammate Juan Cuadrado.
Not until the 75th minute of the game that a cross located big Rom Lukaku, who Chelsea acquired again for a club transfer record of £97.5 million in the summer transfer window.
However, the Belgium goal poacher couldn’t make anything out of the served cross. Bolingoli had a neat chance in the 83rd minute but he missed the target again.
Lukaku, who has been firing all cylinders this season for Chelsea in the Premier League with three goals hasn’t been convincing in the Champions League.
Although his solitary goal against Zenit in their first UCL game two weeks ago was enough to see Chelsea cart away the full three points, Chelsea would be looking forward to seeing Romelu turn up on big occasions in their subsequent games into the season.
Despite Juventus’ slow start in Serie A, their UCL journey so far has been being smooth-sailing as they took the grip of Group H with a full six points in two matches.
The last year’s champions Chelsea and Russia champion Zenit St. Petersburg have three points each and Sweden powerhouse Malmo are without a point as they have lost their two matches with goals deficits.
The earlier fixture of Zenit against Malmö in group H saw the Russian club cruised to 4 goals mauling over 10-man Malmo, having lost their first game in the competition to last year’s champions. The chance of the Russia club qualifying from group H is very slim.
Chelsea’s loss to the Bianconeri made it a second consecutive defeat for the Blues, theY were beaten by English champions Manchester City with a lone goal in their Premier League Match Day 6 game on Saturday.
In 12 Champions League group matches, Chelsea hadn’t lost any match until last night against the resilient Juventus side.
Excuses could be made for the London-based club because of their key players’ absence. They’re without the injured Reece James, Mason Mount, and Christian Pulisic who are on the sidelines while France midfielder, N’Golo Kante couldn’t make the trip after he tested positive for the coronavirus.
Chelsea would like to surge back to their winning ways as they host the Saints at Stamford Bridge in their Premier League Match Day 7 encounter this weekend.
Anything short of victory against Southampton in two days could raise eyebrows and amass unprecedented pressure on Thomas Tuchel and his boys.