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Juventus vs Chelsea Final – LIVE Reddit Soccer 24/11/2021

Juventus vs Chelsea Final – LIVE Reddit Soccer 24/11/2021

Chelsea lost 1-0 to Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday, their first defeat of the season. Massimiliano Allegri’s Juve are four games unbeaten and have moved up to 10th in Serie A after a terrible start. “They are such a big club,” said Blues boss Thomas Tuchel. “Yes they have had some troubles, a rough start but they were very convincing in the Champions League [a 3-0 win at Malmo]. “They are reliable. It is a no-brainer, they demand respect.”

Chelsea beat Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 in their Group H opener and have only conceded four goals in 14 Champions League matches since the start of last season. “Maybe there is expectation,” added Tuchel. “We came from a role that wasn’t favourites last season and we got better with every match and now we are seen as a real contender. “Now it is easy to make us the favourites. We have the experience that means there is a higher value and motivation to play against us. We have to accept this. We are not favourites for this title.” Juventus are without former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata and Paulo Dybala through injury, meaning Federico Chiesa is likely to keep his place.

 

After failing to win each of their opening four Serie A matches, with Massimiliano Allegri overseeing one of the club’s worst starts in 60 years, Juventus have since bounced back with successive 3-2 league victories against Spezia and Sampdoria.

Manuel Locatelli scored his first goal for the club to put the Italian giants 3-1 ahead against Sampdoria last weekend, before the visitors pulled one back in the 83rd minute through former Juve midfielder Antonio Candreva, to make it a nervy ending for the hosts. However, Juve held on to claim three much-needed points, which has helped them climb into the top half of the table.

In the midst of their disappointing domestic start, Juventus won their opening Champions League match in Group H earlier this month, securing a comfortable 3-0 victory away against Swedish outfit Malmo.

Their next opponent in Europe’s elite club competition could arguably not be any tougher, as they face holders Chelsea, who have lost only three of their last 32 Champions League group stage games. Juve did, however, win their most recent meeting against the Blues, claiming a 3-0 home victory during the 2012-13 group stage, the year after Chelsea claimed their first ever Champions League crown.

In fact, the Italians have an impressive record against holders of the Champions League or the European Cup as it used to be known. Juve have won seven times, including four of their last five on home soil, with only Real Madrid (11) winning more in the competition’s history.

Juventus lost their last Champions League game against English opposition, suffering a 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester United in November 2018. The Old Lady have never lost successive games against English teams and if they avoid defeat on Wednesday, then they will have a good chance of topping Group F by the end of this year.

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea side headed into their mouth-watering clash against Manchester City last weekend confident that they could secure their fourth successive win against the reigning Premier League champions. However, the Blues were brought back down to earth as Pep Guardiola’s side produced an excellent performance at Stamford Bridge, coming away with a 1-0 victory.

The German head coach will not need to go back to the drawing board, though Sunday’s defeat is a gentle reminder of the task his side face in not only retaining their European crown, but also challenging for the Premier League title against such strong opposition.

Chelsea began their defence of the Champions League with a slender 1-0 victory over Zenit St Petersburg earlier this month, with Romelu Lukaku heading in the only goal of the game and his fourth of the campaign.

As previously mentioned, the Blues have an excellent record in the group stage and Tuchel also boasts an equally impressive win ratio of 68%, the third-highest of any manager in the competition to have taken charge of at least 20 group-stage matches, behind only Jupp Heynckes (73%) and Guardiola (71%).

Chelsea, however, travel to Turin on Wednesday after losing each of their last four Champions League away games against Italian opposition, with all four defeats against a different opponent. Losses to Inter Milan in 2009-10 and Napoli in 2011-12 were followed by defeats against Juve in 2012-13 and Roma in 2017-18.

After their midweek clash with Juve, the Blues have a more favourable run of fixtures on paper over the next month, so a positive result at the Juventus Stadium would be a great way for Tuchel’s men to kickstart a strong run of form across all fronts.

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