Chelsea vs Juventus: Post-match Reactions

The Kings of Europe. That is who showed up today. After our blissful performance against the Foxes, Chelsea once again displayed why they are champions of Europe against a very robust Juventus side. Many critics and haters still label Chelsea as a “Defensive team” but with our grandeur in offense, many have eaten their words as of late. Our team has found its click offensively and with the imminent return of our main talisman, Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea could look unstoppable. Our Chelsea academy graduates got on the scoresheet once more proving to the world why they come from an elite upbringing. The once esteemed Turin side looked like a shadow of their former self or should I say an “Old Lady” of days past giving Chelsea a massive boost in the group table. The fans roared in joy as the Blues easily dismantled the Italian club ending the night with a humbling 4-0 victory.

Oi, Oi, Hudson-Odoi: The Chelsea winger makes it 3-0 against Juventus with a delightful finish to a flowing team move. Credit | Action Images via Reuters
Oi, Oi, Hudson-Odoi: The Chelsea winger makes it 3-0 against Juventus with a delightful finish to a flowing team move. Credit | Action Images via Reuters

From the whistle, Chelsea looked the more vibrant side. Our midfield looked dominant over Juve’s with many players pushing high against the Italian backline. In what looked like an inevitable forthcoming, Chelsea got their goal thanks to a lucky break from a corner set-piece. Ziyech’s delivery struck Rüdiger in the middle of his chest where his arms happen to be located during his elevation. The ball then reflected towards Trevoh Chalobah who happened to be roaming inside the opponent’s box and beautifully blasted it past the Juve keeper, Szczesny. The goal was not overruled with VAR reviewing the play and it gave the Blues the lead inside 25 minutes. Despite the opening goal, Chelsea was never deterred in their endeavors for goals as they kept pushing high up the field. The only downside in the first half was the injury to N’golo Kanté. Ruben Loftus-Cheek was subbed on in the 35th minute for the Frenchman.

The half-time mark did not change things with Tuchel’s side putting pressure on Allegri’s Juve. In the 55th minute, Reece James blasted a powerful half-volley past the keeper from a wonderful cross from our wingback. The third goal came shortly after a mistake from Juventus’ half. Right after the turnover, Rüdiger picked out Reece James near the edge of the box who quickly relayed a pass to Ziyech. The Morrocan instantly one tapped the ball to a charging Loftus-Cheek who squirmished his way through tight path past several Juve defenders. The short drive opened up space for him too relay a pass for Callum Hudson-Odoi at the edge of the box. The winger then easily picked out the left side of the net for the third goal of the match giving Chelsea a 3 goal lead. With the game out of reach, both teams made heavy substitutions including an unfortunate injury to in-form Ben Chilwell. Azpilicueta, and Mason Mount were subbed in for Hudson-Odoi and Pulisic. The changes favored Juventus who gained more control of the match but their efforts came in vain. They only managed to get a few shots and very few threatening chances due to our collective organization at the back. The final play ended in a goal as Ziyech managizes to capitalize on a Mckennie mistake and supplies a perfect low cross for Werner to score a tap in. With that, let us share the thoughts and reactions from our fellow writers from the Chelsea Social.

Rey (Rey_Blues30)

I can’t explain the emotions in words. Bliss and joy are only of a few bunch of words that can describe how I feel after that performance. After our last encounter against Juventus, I really wanted to get this win. Chelsea easily dismantled the inconsistent Italian side in where we looked pretty much flawless across the field. I won’t get too carried away but it feels good outplaying teams like this especially against a reputable team such as Juventus. Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah were outstanding as well as the expected outing from the world class veteran, Thiago SIlva. I seriously hope Chilwell’s injury isn’t as bad as it seems as he looked in severe pain. He is is been one our top players this season and his absence will be felt this upcoming game at the weekend. However, we do have dept and it is up to the players to fill that void. Onto the next one where we play a struggling Manchester United. CMON YOU CHELS!

Chelsea Extra (@CFCExtra)

What a performance! I’m buzzing! I think that might be the most dominate Champions League performance I’ve seen from Chelsea in years, and that’s saying something considering we won the competition last season. We were just flawless from front to back. Hudson-Odoi was the standout player for me, but in truth everyone put in a great shift. Reece James took his goal exceptionally well and bullied the entire Juventus right hand side, while Jorginho, Kante and later Loftus-Cheek controlled the midfield with ease. It was also nice to see Chalobah get another important goal. It’s impressive how accomplished he looks for a player so new to this level of football. The only downside is of course the injuries. Ben Chilwell is a major worry and I really hope it isn’t anything serious like an ACL. We rely so much on our wing backs as attacking outlets and this is one of the only positions that we don’t have great depth in. Alonso has good attributes, but he offers so much less in terms of build-up to Chilly, which could hurt Hudson-Odoi’s game and our overall creativity. Losing Kante is also a blow with Man United coming up at the weekend. Still, I don’t want to be too negative after that incredible performance. We’ve just played the biggest team in Italy off the park and scored four great goals. What a time to be a Chelsea fan and what a team we have! The mighty Blues march on!

Rob (@RJPJournalism)

Not going to get ahead of myself with my reaction tonight. But Trev Chalobah is the 2nd coming of Desailly, Reece James may well retire as the greatest Cobham Academy product ever and Thomas Tuchel’s Saucy Blues are going to cruise to the Quintuple this season. 5 at the back goes brrr.

Written by Rey, Chelsea Extra and Rob.

Edited by Dan Hill

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