Juventus vs. Chelsea – Match Report – September 29, 2021

Juventus vs.  Chelsea - Match Report - September 29, 2021

(EFE) The effectiveness of Juventus knocked down Chelsea, the current European champion, which, despite dominating the game in Turin, fell 0-1 to a goal by Italian Federico Chiesa in one of the few opportunities built by the team scored by Massimiliano Allegri.

Without the Argentine Paulo Dybala and the Spanish Álvaro Morata, injured until after the national team stoppage, Chiesa was the leader of a Juventus that attacked the solo leadership of group H, with two victories in two games, four goals in favor and zero in against, ahead of Chelsea and Zenit Saint Petersburg, who crushed bottom Malmoe 4-0.

The emergency up front, with Moise Kean as the only pure attacker at his disposal, convinced Allegri to bet on an unprecedented eleven, with the pair of European champions with Italy, Federico Chiesa and Federico Bernardeschi, leading the way. An ambitious decision, but one that paid dividends to Juventus.

Without nine, but with two adapted wingers up front, Juventus complicated the work of the Chelsea defense and opened unusual spaces for a team that made solidity and tactical organization its great strength and the basis of victory in the European Cup last year.

The men of the German Thomas Tuchel, who lost their first Premier League game of the season to Manchester City on Saturday, played with good quality at the beginning of the clash, but the Juventine rear, composed of Leonardo Bonucci and the Dutch Matthijs De Ligt, it contained the might of Lukaku.

The good performance behind increased the confidence of a Juventus who warned before the break with Chiesa, with a powerful low and crossed shot finished off, and that hit as soon as they jumped onto the field at the restart.

Barely 25 seconds passed from the whistle of the Spanish referee Jesús Gil Manzano and Bernardeschi, with an elegant pass into the hole, offered Chiesa a ball that the Italian finished off with his left foot and sent to the bottom of the meshes.

The script did not change, with Chelsea touching the ball, moving it from one side to the other, and a Juventus locked in order, with De Ligt who managed to annul Lukaku, anticipating and attacking.

Technician Tuchel tried to mix up the cards. He took out Moroccan Hakeem Ziyech for Englishman Callum Hudson Odoi, Jorge Frello Jorginho for Nathaniel Chalobah and César Azpilicueta for Englishman Ruben Loftus Cheek, but the Juventine wall did not shake.

And Allegri remained faithful to his plan: for the final section he gave way to Giorgio Chiellini, to warm the defense, and to the Swede Dejan Kulusevski and Moise Kean up front to continue scaring Chelsea with their speed.

Despite the enormous volume of play, the London team could only create a clear chance, forgiven by Lukaku with a high left foot inside the area with seven minutes remaining. The last one came from the German Kai Havertz, with a header sent high in the 95th minute.

Too little to break the wall of a Juventus that, true to its style, with a defensive attention on which it based the great national successes of its history, took three key points to take a giant step towards the round of 16.

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