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Chelsea Demolish Juve To Reach Champions League Last 16

Chelsea’s English midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi celebrates after scoring their third objective through the UEFA Champions League Group H soccer match between Chelsea and Juventus at Stamford Bridge in London on November 23, 2021. Adrian DENNIS / AFP

 

Chelsea booked their place within the Champions League final 16 as Trevoh Chalobah’s controversial objective put the holders on the right track for an imperious 4-0 rout of Juventus on Tuesday.

Thomas Tuchel’s aspect took the lead when Antonio Rudiger’s handball went unpunished within the build-up to Chalobah’s first half opener at Stamford Bridge.

Juventus by no means recovered from that blow as Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner struck after half-time to ship Chelsea to the highest of Group H.

Chelsea are above Juventus on objective distinction and can assure a primary place end in the event that they win at Zenit Saint Petersburg of their final group fixture on December 8.

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It was one other commanding show from Chelsea, who’re unbeaten in 10 video games in all competitions since shedding 1-0 at Juventus in September.

James, considered one of three scorers on the evening to graduate from Chelsea’s youth academy, was particularly dynamic at proper wing-back because the 21-year-old matures right into a world-class expertise.

Tuchel’s night wasn’t fully downside free as each N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell had been compelled off, with the latter’s knee harm wanting particularly regarding for the Premier League leaders forward of Manchester United’s go to on Sunday.

Lacklustre Juventus had already certified for the final 16, however the defeat places their hopes of ending prime of the group in extreme jeopardy.

Chelsea’s star striker Romelu Lukaku was again on the bench after his prolonged absence with an ankle harm.

But Lukaku wouldn’t be wanted as Tuchel’s males tore Juventus aside.

Juventus striker Alvaro Morata was on acquainted floor in opposition to his outdated membership, however the Spaniard didn’t obtain a heat welcome.

He was repeatedly booed and subjected to chants of “Chelsea reject” after a disappointing spell with the Blues that led to 2020.

– Relentless Chelsea –

That hostility wasn’t reserved to the stands as Chelsea pressed Juventus relentlessly, dominating possession in a match performed virtually completely within the Italians’ half.

James almost broke the impasse when his inswinging free-kick compelled an alert save from Wojciech Szczesny at his close to submit.

Chalobah ensured Chelsea’s stress didn’t go unrewarded within the twenty fifth minute.

Hakim Ziyech’s nook reached Rudiger and he bundled it in the direction of Chalobah, who fired into the roof of the online from close-range for his third objective this season.

Juventus appealed furiously for handball in opposition to Rudiger and though it did strike the defender’s arm, the objective was allowed to face as he didn’t make a deliberate motion in the direction of the ball.

It was Chalobah’s first Champions League objective in his maiden begin within the match, extending a breakthrough season for the 22-year-old.

Chelsea’s lead was preserved by a superb goal-line clearance from Thiago Silva moments later because the Brazilian raced again to hook the ball to security after Morata lobbed Blues keeper Edouard Mendy.

After Kante was taken off, his substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek twice misplaced possession in harmful areas, with Rodrigo Bentancur curling over from the second his errors.

That was a uncommon malfunction within the Chelsea machine and regular service was resumed within the 56th minute.

Chilwell’s cross was glanced into James’ path on the far submit and he smashed a ferocious shot into the far nook from an acute angle.

Chelsea had been rampant and Hudson-Odoi put the end result past doubt two minutes later.

Gliding via the ramshackle Juventus defence after a blur of fast passes, Loftus-Cheek deftly discovered Hudson-Odoi and his medical end despatched Tuchel dancing onto the pitch in a fist-pumping jig of enjoyment.

The sight of Chilwell being helped off the pitch after a problem from Adrien Rabiot took a few of the shine off Chelsea’s spectacular efficiency.

But there was nonetheless time for Werner to tap-in with nearly the final kick after James’ elegant cross picked out Ziyech for the cross.

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