Thomas Tuchel hailed “fantastic” Chelsea as a result of the Champions League holders booked their place inside the last 16 with an imperious 4-0 rout of Juventus on Tuesday.
Tuchel’s side took the lead when Antonio Rudiger‘s handball went unpunished inside the build-up to Trevoh Chalobah’s first-half opener at Stamford Bridge.
Juventus in no way recovered from that controversial blow as Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner struck after half-time to ship Chelsea to the very best of Group H.
Chelsea are above Juventus on head-to-head goal distinction and might guarantee a first-place finish within the occasion that they win at Zenit Saint Petersburg of their last group fixture on (*16*) 8.
It was one different commanding present from Chelsea, who’re unbeaten in 10 video video games in all competitions since dropping 1-0 at Juventus in September.
“It was a wonderful effectivity. We wished to stay affected individual, however as well as didn’t want to fall asleep so it was an issue to have every points,” Tuchel talked about.
“We did moderately effectively, it is so strong to realize targets in opposition to Juventus and we created rather a lot. Full credit score rating for an amazing effectivity and a unbelievable consequence.”
James, one amongst three scorers on the night to graduate from Chelsea’s youth academy, was significantly dynamic at correct wing-back as a result of the 21-year-old matures proper right into a world-class experience.
Tuchel’s night time was not totally disadvantage free as every N’Golo Kante and Ben (*16*) had been compelled off, with the latter’s knee injury wanting significantly relating to for the Premier League leaders.
“Ben was in a wide range of ache, not so harmful now. He may have some examinations tomorrow. We hope for among the best. The equivalent with N’Golo,” Tuchel talked about.
Lacklustre Juventus had already licensed for the last 16, nonetheless the defeat locations their hopes of ending excessive of the group in excessive jeopardy.
Chelsea’s star striker Romelu Lukaku was once more on the bench after his extended absence with an ankle injury.
But Lukaku would not be wished as Tuchel’s males tore Juventus apart.
Juventus striker Alvaro Morata was on acquainted ground in opposition to his outdated membership, nonetheless the Spaniard did not receive a warmth welcome.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 was not reserved to the stands as Chelsea pressed Juventus relentlessly, dominating possession in a match carried out nearly fully inside the Italians’ half.
Chalobah ensured Chelsea’s pressure did not go unrewarded inside the twenty fifth minute.
Hakim Ziyech’s nook reached Rudiger and he bundled it in course of Chalobah, who fired into the roof of the net from shut fluctuate for his third goal this season.
Juventus appealed furiously for handball in opposition to Rudiger and although it did strike the defender’s arm, the target was allowed to face as he did not make a deliberate movement in course of the ball.
It was Chalobah’s first Champions League goal in his maiden start inside the match, extending a breakthrough season for the 22-year-old.
Chelsea’s lead was preserved by a wonderful goal-line clearance from Thiago Silva moments later as a result of the Brazilian raced once more to hook the ball to safety after Morata lobbed Blues keeper Edouard Mendy.
That was a unusual malfunction inside the Chelsea machine and common service was resumed inside the 56th minute.
Chilwell’s cross was glanced into James’ path on the far put up and he smashed a ferocious shot into the far nook from an acute angle.
Chelsea had been rampant and Hudson-Odoi put the consequence previous doubt two minutes later.
Gliding by way of the ramshackle Juventus defence after a blur of quick passes, Ruben Loftus-Cheek deftly found Hudson-Odoi and his medical finish despatched Tuchel dancing onto the pitch in a fist-pumping jig of enjoyment.
The sight of (*16*) being helped off the pitch after an issue from Adrien Rabiot took quite a few the shine off Chelsea’s spectacular effectivity.
But there was nonetheless time for Werner to faucet in with simply in regards to the last kick after James’ stylish go picked out Ziyech for the cross.