Chelsea blast Juventus 4-0 to reach Champions League last-16
Chelsea claimed a thumping 4-0 victory over Juventus thanks to goals from home-grown trio Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi and a fourth by Timo Werner to top Champions League Group H and cruise into the knockout stage.
European champions Chelsea took control from the outset and never relaxed as they booked their place in the last 16.
Defender Chalobah, 22, smacked the ball into the net past the flailing arms of Wojciech Szczesny in the 25th minute after centre back Toni Rudiger set him up from a Hakim Ziyech corner.
A VAR check dismissed calls for handball against Rudiger when replays showed the ball hit his hand in front of his chest.
James, 21, showed superb technique to angle a shot into the left hand corner of the goal in the 55th and barely three minutes later 21-year-old Hudson-Odoi scored from a layoff by another Academy graduate Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Juventus had as of now qualified for the knockout stage however the outcome dropped them to second place in the gathering, level with Chelsea on 12 focuses, with one round of apparatuses to play. Chelsea mentor Thomas Tuchel was brimming with acclaim for his young scorers.
“It’s their biggest dream to perform at Stamford Bridge, to perform in blue, to be part of a strong Chelsea team,” the German said. “I strongly believe this is a huge part of the success that we have this mix.”
Werner put the good to beat all before the last whistle by sending the ball home from a Ziyech cross.
Chelsea, beaten 1-0 in Turin in September, made the Italians look standard, tiring them out with many-sided passing developments and creating 20 shots on objective to Juve’s eight.
Previous Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata had the guests’ most obvious opportunity when he chipped the ball over progressing Chelsea manager Edouard Mendy in the 28th moment, however 37-year-old safeguard Thiago Silva dashed back to greatly snare the ball off the line.
Mendy pulled off his very own save late in the subsequent half, spilling the ball the bar from a Weston McKennie shot.
Szczesny saved Juventus from absolute embarrassment with a progression of fine quits, pushing the ball round the post from endeavors by Hudson-Odoi and James just as keeping out Ziyech and Ben Chilwell.
The one drawback for the hosts was a physical issue to wing-back Chilwell, who seemed to contort his knee and was offed the pitch.
Data from Reuters and ESPN was utilized in this report.