Chelsea traveled to Turin on Wednesday night for their 2nd UEFA Champions League match this season as they try to defend their UEFA Champions League title. However, their hopes of retaining the title got into a tough start as they were beaten 1-0 by Juventus.
However, Chelsea players and fans will not be happy with the refereeing and VAR decision that were made last night and they will feel like they should have come out with a point at least.
Juventus got their goal just 11 seconds into the second half after Federico Chiesa beat both Antonio Rudiger and Eduardo Mendy to find the back of the net.
Chelsea tried all they could to get an equalizer, but all efforts proved abortive. The only chance they had that could have lead to an equalizer was overlooked by the referee. Juventus defender used his hands to change the direction of a ball inside the 18-yard box, but it's not awarded to Chelsea as a penalty.
There was a review by the Video Assistant Referee but after a lengthy discussion, it was decided that there was no penalty for the Blues.
The VAR decision will affect the performance of the team in subsequent matches because of the following reasons.
1. Goal Aggregate
Chelsea has been drawn in a very tight UCL group with the likes of Juventus and Zenit. It was a big blow for Chelsea as they did not get a goal and they have only scored 1 goal in the Champions League so far. If the penalty was awarded the results would have changed and they could have had a point away from home.
2. Demoralised The Players
Players' morale going forward will be low as they think such opportunities won't be given to them.
Teams usually get goals through such means, and if the advantage is not awarded to the attacking team, the players will look frustrated throughout the whole match.
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