Juventus beat Chelsea by 1-0 in a closely fought Champions League encounter at Allianz Stadium on Wednesday night.
After remaining goalless in the first half, the Bianconeri took no time to score the winner in the second half as Federico Chiesa scored the solitary goal of the game just after 10 seconds into the second half.
With this result, Chelsea now suffered two defeats in a row. They are currently sitting second in the group with three points in two games. On the other hand, having endured a poor start to the season under Massimiliano Allegri, the Bianconeri now won four games in the last five matches. The Old Lady of Turin is currently the group leader with six points in two games.
Juventus 1-0 Chelsea team news:
Allegri went with 4-4-2 formation and Wojciech Szczęsny was between the sticks. In front of the Polish, back four of Danilo, Leonardo Bonucci, Matthijs De Ligt, Alex Sandro. In midfield, Rodrigo Bentancur and Manuel Locatelli were given the responsibility to shield the back four. Federico Chiesa and Federico Bernardeschi led the line for the Bianconeri.
On the other hand, Thomas Tuchel went with his preferred 3-4-2-1 formation and Edouard Mendy started under the bar. While Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen were at the heart of the defence. Romelu Lukaku led the line for the Blues and Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech were given the responsibility to create chances for the Belgian.
Juventus 1-0 Chelsea Post-match analysis:
Juventus started the game very deep into their own half and tried to play in transition. The Bianconeri’s all eleven players spent most of the time in their half and were happy to let the Blues keep the possession and move the ball side to side in front of them.
Allegri deployed a very narrow defensive and midfield line. At the same time, the Blues struggled throughout the game to create spaces between the lines and could not manage many openings.
Bianconeri found the winning goal very early in the second half when Bernardeschi produced an excellent through ball for his forward partner Chiesa and the 23-years-old made no mistake to find the back of the net.
While the story of the game was pretty similar in the second half as Juventus defended deep and Chelsea failed to break down Allegri’s defensive structure. In the end, the Blues could not manage a single on target in the second half, despite attempting 12 shots.
Federico Chiesa: The Italian international worked extremely hard for his team defensively and scored the winner to send his team top of the group.
Leonardo Bonucci: Kept Romelu Lukaku quiet throughout the game and also marshalled the back four excellently.
Matthijs De Ligt: The Dutchman was excellent alongside captain Bonucci and dealt with the Chelsea threats seamlessly.
Juventus will encounter city rival Torino in their next game in Serie A on Saturday afternoon. And Chelsea will welcome Southampton on the same day in Premier League.
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