Chelsea played against Juventus when they had not lost two competitive games in a row since Thomas Tuchel became manager. They only lost to Arsenal and Leicester back-to-back but the league game was a dead rubber. Under Tuchel they have always responded to a loss with a positive result, but was not against Juventus.
This was actually for the lack of trying. After Federico Chiesa surprised Juve with a lead at the start of the second-half, Chelsea unfolded their full offensive firepower in a desperate effort to break the Italians down. They failed to hit the target with any of the 12 chances they had in the second-half.
Lukaku missed a hat-trick of presentable chances that you would have bet on him converted almost on autopilot. But he didn’t even hit the target, especially on his left-foot shot. This is a bit worrying from a Chelsea standpoint as they rely on his goalscoring to make them a potent attacking force.
All they have to do now is sit and contemplate where adjustments need to be done next because the team does not look the same without N’Golo Kanté and Mason Mount. It’s all well and good being defensive, but when you can’t create good goals, even the strongest defences will crack obviously shattered.
Tuchel after game: "We were not free enough today, I don't know why. We were a bit slow mentally in our decision making. I don't know why. It is a strange one for us to analyse."
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