After an embarrassing Saturday performance against Manchester City on Saturday EPL fixture, Tuchel is expected to lead the Blues army cross borders to land in Italy on Wednesday. The mission will be, getting a step further in defending their Champions League title.
A group H fixture will have Juventus host current Champions League holders Chelsea in Italy. Both teams are top flight clubs in Europe hence this will be an entertaining match. Here is what you need to know concerning this battle.
Recent forms: Chelsea has been a remarkable side to play against in all competitions. The Blues have lost only one match in eight games played this season in all competitions. The defeat was Man City. They have conceded only three goals in the eight fixtures, one against Liverpool in EPL, against Astonvilla in the Carabao and against Man City in EPL.
Juventus have been a weaker team after Christiano Ronaldo's departure. The Italian Giants have struggled into the new season. They kept only one cleansheet against Malmo in a Champions League fixture, but have conceded atleast one goal in all Serie A games. In 6 games played in Serie A, Juve won two, lost two and two of them ended up with a draw.
Rankings: Chelsea rank 3rd in EPL table with 13 points while Juve are 9th in Serie A with 8 points. However, the duo have got three points each in.the group H Champions League table, but Juve lead with more goals deficit. The Old Lady club beat Malmo 3-0 while Blues won Zenit by 1-0 in first group stage fixtures.
Injuries: After limping out of the pitch in tears, Paulo Dybala will not be part of Juventus squad on Wednesday. Additionally, former Blues' player Alvaro Morata will not be available for the home team as he was injured against Spezia too. Maximiliano Allegri, Juve's head coach confirmed this news.
On the other hand, Reece James picked an injury from Manchester City and is expected to stay out for more than a month before he is seen back in action. Masson Mount still working on his fitness hence could not feature too.
H2H: The two sides met four times previously. They have been entertaining encounters as no single match ended goalless. Either sides won once while they levelled twice.
Tuchel tactics: After a shameful weekend display, Tuchel will be looking forward to create some entertainment for Chelsea fans. Unlike the City game where he used three defensive midfielders that created a dormant and boring approach, we expect Tuchel to add more effort to attacking midfield positions.
Chelsea predicted lineup: A normal 3-4-3 formation should be embarked so ad to make a balanced squad. Mendy, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Christensen, Azplicuetta, Alonso, Kante, Kovacic, Havertz, Werner and Lukaku will be the best team that Tuchel should use.
Which of this teams do you think will emerge victorious in this battle? Drop your comments below. You could also comment on the proposed starting 11 and make corrections where necessary.
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