Chelsea booked their place inside the Champions League last 16 as Trevoh Chalobah’s controversial goal put the holders on observe for an imperious 4-0 rout of Juventus on Tuesday.
Thomas Tuchel’s side took the lead when Antonio Rudiger’s handball went unpunished inside the build-up to Chalobah’s first half opener at Stamford Bridge.
Juventus in no way recovered from that blow as Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner struck after half-time to ship Chelsea to the best of Group H.
Chelsea are above Juventus on goal distinction and might guarantee a main place finish within the occasion that they win at Zenit Saint Petersburg of their last group fixture on December 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.
James, thought-about one in every of three scorers on the night to graduate from Chelsea’s youth academy, was notably 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 wasn’t absolutely draw back free as every N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell had been compelled off, with the latter’s knee injury wanting notably concerning for the Premier League leaders ahead of Manchester United’s go to on Sunday.
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 wouldn’t be wished as Tuchel’s males tore Juventus apart.
Juventus striker Alvaro Morata was on acquainted ground in the direction of his earlier membership, nonetheless the Spaniard didn’t receive a warmth welcome.
He was repeatedly booed and subjected to chants of “Chelsea reject” after a disappointing spell with the Blues that resulted in 2020.
– Relentless Chelsea –
That hostility wasn’t reserved to the stands as Chelsea pressed Juventus relentlessly, dominating possession in a match carried out nearly utterly inside the Italians’ half.
mes virtually broke the deadlock when his inswinging free-kick compelled an alert save from Wojciech (*16*) at his near put up.
Chalobah ensured Chelsea’s stress didn’t go unrewarded inside the twenty fifth minute.
Hakim Ziyech’s nook reached Rudiger and he bundled it within the path of Chalobah, who fired into the roof of the net from close-range for his third goal this season.
Juventus appealed furiously for handball in the direction of Rudiger and although it did strike the defender’s arm, the goal was allowed to face as he did not make a deliberate movement within the path 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 (*16*) raced once more to hook the ball to safety after Morata lobbed Blues keeper Edouard Mendy.
After Kante was taken off, his substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek twice misplaced possession in dangerous areas, with Rodrigo Bentancur curling over from the second his errors.
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 the use of the ramshackle Juventus defence after a blur of quick passes, Loftus-Cheek deftly found Hudson-Odoi and his scientific finish despatched Tuchel dancing onto the pitch in a fist-pumping jig of delight.
The sight of Chilwell being helped off the pitch after an issue from Adrien Rabiot took just a few of the shine off Chelsea’s spectacular effectivity.
But there was nonetheless time for Werner to tap-in with simply in regards to the last kick after James’ stylish go picked out Ziyech for the cross.