Chelsea booked their place within the Champions League final 16 as Trevoh Chalobah’s controversial aim put the holders heading in the right direction for an imperious 4-0 rout of Juventus on Tuesday.
Thomas Tuchel’s aspect took the lead when Antonio Rudiger’s handball went unpunished within the build-up to Chalobah’s first half opener at Stamford Bridge.
Juventus by no means recovered from that blow as Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner struck after half-time to ship Chelsea to the highest of Group H.
Chelsea are above Juventus on aim distinction and can assure a primary place end in the event that they win at Zenit Saint Petersburg of their final group fixture on December 8.
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It was one other commanding show from Chelsea, who’re unbeaten in 10 video games in all competitions since shedding 1-0 at Juventus in September.
James, one in all three scorers on the night time to graduate from Chelsea’s youth academy, was particularly dynamic at proper wing-back because the 21-year-old matures right into a world-class expertise.
Tuchel’s night wasn’t fully drawback free as each N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell had been pressured off, with the latter’s knee damage wanting particularly regarding for the Premier League leaders forward of Manchester United’s go to on Sunday.
Lacklustre Juventus had already certified for the final 16, however the defeat places their hopes of ending high of the group in extreme jeopardy.
Chelsea’s star striker Romelu Lukaku was again on the bench after his prolonged absence with an ankle damage.
But Lukaku wouldn’t be wanted as Tuchel’s males tore Juventus aside.
Juventus striker Alvaro Morata was on acquainted floor in opposition to his previous membership, however the Spaniard didn’t obtain a heat welcome.
He was repeatedly booed and subjected to chants of “Chelsea reject” after a disappointing spell with the Blues that resulted in 2020.
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That hostility wasn’t reserved to the stands as Chelsea pressed Juventus relentlessly, dominating possession in a match performed nearly solely within the Italians’ half.
James almost broke the impasse when his inswinging free-kick pressured an alert save from Wojciech Szczesny at his close to publish.
Chalobah ensured Chelsea’s stress didn’t go unrewarded within the twenty fifth minute.
Hakim Ziyech’s nook reached Rudiger and he bundled it in direction of Chalobah, who fired into the roof of the online from close-range for his third aim this season.
Juventus appealed furiously for handball in opposition to Rudiger and though it did strike the defender’s arm, the aim was allowed to face as he didn’t make a deliberate motion in direction of the ball.
It was Chalobah’s first Champions League aim in his maiden begin within the event, extending a breakthrough season for the 22-year-old.
Chelsea’s lead was preserved by an excellent goal-line clearance from Thiago Silva moments later because the Brazilian raced again to hook the ball to security after Morata lobbed Blues keeper Edouard Mendy.
After Kante was taken off, his substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek twice misplaced possession in harmful areas, with Rodrigo Bentancur curling over from the second his errors.
That was a uncommon malfunction within the Chelsea machine and regular service was resumed within the 56th minute.
Chilwell’s cross was glanced into James’ path on the far publish and he smashed a ferocious shot into the far nook from an acute angle.
Chelsea had been rampant and Hudson-Odoi put the outcome past doubt two minutes later.
Gliding via the ramshackle Juventus defence after a blur of fast passes, Loftus-Cheek deftly discovered Hudson-Odoi and his medical end despatched Tuchel dancing onto the pitch in a fist-pumping jig of enjoyment.
The sight of Chilwell being helped off the pitch after a problem from Adrien Rabiot took a number of the shine off Chelsea’s spectacular efficiency.
But there was nonetheless time for Werner to tap-in with nearly the final kick after James’ elegant go picked out Ziyech for the cross.