Chiesa Help Juventus punish Tuchel’s Chelsea in Turin

Chiesa Help Juventus punish Tuchel's Chelsea in Turin

Chelsea on Wednesday night suffered a 1-nil defeat away to Juventus in what was Thomas Tuchel's second UEFA Champions League loss as a Chelsea boss.

It was Federico Chiesa's second-half strike that made the difference in the cagey tie as The Blues recorded their second consecutive loss on the trot.

Chelsea just as they failed to threaten City's defence last Saturday encountered a similar problem against the Old Ladies.

Other than a comfortable save from Romelu Lukaku, Wojciech Szczęsny was barely called into action despite the reigning European champions enjoying the majority of possession.

If anything, Juventus looked more dangerous early on. Two misplaced Mateo Kovačić passes twice allowed Juventus to launch a counter-attack and, while Adrien Rabiot's over-hit ball to Chiesa wasted the first opportunity, the Italy international's effort was whiskers away from beating Édouard Mendy when slipped through for the second.

The ‘Blues' were made to pay for their attacking deficiencies just 10 seconds into the second period, with Rabiot flicking on Szczęsny's long ball forward to Federico Bernardeschi, who in turn found Chiesa.

The 23-year-old made no mistake in firing his effort past Mendy, and it was hard to argue Massimiliano Allegri's side did not deserve their lead.

Even the introduction of Trevoh Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ross Barkley could not swing momentum in Chelsea's favour.

In the end, Juve were rarely troubled, meaning the English side's difficulties on Italian soil continue – they have won just once in eight games there since the turn of the century.

This article was most recently revised and updated 12 months ago

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