Chiesa fires Juve to battling champions Chelsea's defeat, prompting Juvé to fire Juv

Chiesa fires Juve to battling champions Chelsea's defeat, prompting Juvé to fire Juv ...

  • Summary
  • Chelsea, the holders of the Champions League, beaten 1-0 in Turin by Chelsea.
  • After Chiesa rifles in winner, Juventus top group H after topping Group H.
  • Juve's deep quest for victory makes little chances for the Blues as he digs deeper into the game.

TURIN, Italy, September 29, Juventus' Federico Chiesa's strike 10 seconds into the second half earned his side a hard-fought 1-0 victory over holders Chelsea in their Champions League Group H match on Wednesday.

Chiesa exploded into life after the restart, rifling in what appeared to be the winner on Federico Bernardeschi's clever pass after a slow first half with few chances.

Chelsea continued to dominate possession, but struggled to make a killer opening, while Bernardeschi wasted ecstatic chance to 2-0 after Chiesa again breached the Blues' backline.

The one big Chelsea opportunity came and went late, as Romelu Lukaku, who had a quiet evening, blazed over after turning Juve captain Leonardo Bonucci inside out.

The home side held on to a brilliant start to their Champions League campaign under returning coach Massimiliano Allegri, as they sit top on six points from two games, while Chelsea sit second on three points.

Since September 2019, Juventus have caused Chelsea a first group-stage loss in September inflicted.

"Technically, we could have played better, but we had little success and we missed a few counter-attacks," Allegri said.

"Two games, six points, zero goals conceded, so another step towards qualification, and a great step forward."

Chelsea had started on the front foot, with Lukaku drilling straight at goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny early on.

However, in the first period, it was as good as it did for the holders, as Juve dominated and provided a lot of intriguing chances.

Bernardeschi should have done much better when he reached his goal goal, with Chiesa offering him an outlet tipped to his right, before Italy forward Chisal himself arrowed a strike just wide.

Adrien Rabiot narrowly missed the goal as Juventus continued to grow forward, bringing home fans in a reduced 50% capacity off their seats.

Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel once again made a halftime shift, bringing on Ben Chilwell for Marcos Alonso, but before the substitute could get breath, Bernardeschi had slipped Chiesa in to lift the roof off the Juventus Stadium.

"We began with a formation, then the coach tried to alter tactics in order to attack the areas where Chelsea suffered tonight," Chiesa stated. "We were good at punishing them."

Tuchel threw on more bodies in attacking positions in search of an equaliser, but, more than a late flurry of openings, Chelsea again lacked ten points in the final third, losing 1-0 for the second game in rematch in all competitions.

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