UEFA Champions League | Chelsea vs Juventus: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

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Chelsea’s Attack is a Key Factor


Sitting second in the group behind this week’s opponents, their only defeat so far came in a close-fought encounter at the Allianz Stadium back in September, as a 1-0 Juventus win was secured by Federico Chiesa’s goal at the start of the second half.


Those were the only points dropped by the Blues to date, after an opening win at home to Zenit was followed by dominant victories against Malmo on each of the last two matchdays. Though Thomas Tuchel’s men only prevailed by a single goal in Sweden last time out, they assumed complete control once again, and won the two games by a 5-0 aggregate scoreline.


Such defensive solidity – and a forbiddingly deep squad – means that they will be one of the teams to avoid in the draw for the last 16, should they confirm their place in the coming weeks. With fixtures piling up between here and Christmas, their head coach will want to do so at the first possible opportunity.


Juve ended a three-game winless run in the league with a home victory against 10-man Fiorentina at the start of November – marking Allegri’s 200th win as the club’s head coach – and they followed that up with a gritty 2-0 success against Lazio in Rome, when a penalty in each half from stand-in skipper Bonucci secured the points.


As they return to continental action, Juventus can boast a remarkable record of 14 wins from their last 15 group games. For that reason, they will bring some hard-earned confidence to English soil, where they remain unbeaten in five matches since a notorious 4-1 loss at Chelsea’s west London rivals Fulham in the 2010 Europa League.

DPP Verdict

Chelsea can gain a measure of revenge for their defeat in Italy earlier this season by ending Juve’s flawless record and ensuring the race for top spot goes down to the final matchday in Group H. Though the visitors can be flaky against some of the more modest sides they encounter, they rarely concede many in big games, so will be edged out by the odd goal at Stamford Bridge due to their hosts’ wealth of attacking options.