Holders and defenders of the Champions League Chelsea will look to rebound from last weekend’s loss to Manchester City. As Chelsea travel to Juventus on Wednesday night, here’s some Champions League football news – Juventus vs Chelsea.
Meanwhile, the Italian giants are aiming for their fourth victory in five matches across all competitions (football news). They will also wish to extend their unbeaten run against the Blues to four games.
- Both Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata were substituted in Juventus’ 3-2 win over Sampdoria on Sunday. And the former is almost certainly out against Chelsea.
- Beside these, Kaio Jorge and Arthur are also out for the Serie A club.
- We expect Dejan Kulusevski to fill in for Dybala up front alongside Moise Kean.
Juventus possible starting lineup: Perin; Danilo, Chiellini, Bonucci, Sandro; Bentancur, Locatelli, Ramsey; Chiesa, Kean, Kulusevski
- Mason Mount suffered injury in the 1-0 loss to Manchester City and will undergo evaluation before the trip to Turin.
- Reece James and Jorginho both had to quit the pitch in the defeat. And while the latter is more likely to pass as fit than the former, Christian Pulisic is out for sure.
- Thiago Silva will likely start at center-back, with Cesar Azpilicueta shifting to right wing-back to cover for James.
- Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz are also going to enjoy a recall.
Chelsea possible starting lineup: Mendy; Christensen, T. Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Jorginho, Alonso; Havertz, Lukaku, Werner
Champions League Football News – Juventus vs Chelsea
- Juventus won back-to-back league games on Sunday, a 3-2 win over both Spezia, in midweek, and Sampdoria. But the victory came at a cost, as both Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata sufffered injury. Their absence on Wednesday is a huge setback.
- Chelsea’s unbeaten league start to the season came to an end on Saturday when they lost 1-0 to Manchester City.
- This will be the Blues’ first meeting with the Old Lady since a 3-0 defeat in Turin in 2012.
- And given Juventus’ poor start to the season, Chelsea should be able to recover from Saturday’s disappointment.
Chelsea’s defensive stability has been one of the club’s standout qualities since Tuchel took over as manager.
Meanwhile, Juventus are typically known for their defensive abilities, but in 2021 they have appeared surprisingly vulnerable. Indeed, they’ve kept only one clean sheet in their last 21 games across all competitions.
Both teams will regard Wednesday’s game as a “must-win” if they are to take first place in Group H.
We expect a hard-fought match in Turin, but one that the Blues may win by a slim margin.