Juventus managed a single shot on target, whereas Chelsea had eight. A night to forget for the Italians who supposedly had 49% of the possession.
Juventus had four in four in the Champions League before tonight and there reputation goes before them, so to concede four goals in a game will really hurt such a team.
Tricky to pick a man of the match tonight as pretty much every Chelsea was on their A game. James can have it as he seemed to influence everything from right-back, which is impressive. Special mention to Ziyech.
An utterly dominant performance from Chelsea. They are now in pole position to top the group.
James volleys a stunning pass out to Ziyech on the left, who is allowed to get the ball after McKennie misses it, allowing the winger to send a cross into the six-yard box where Werner is waiting to tap home.
90+2 mins: Arthur shoots from 25 yards but it goes nowhere near the net.
Moments later, Kean drags a shot wide. What a night for Juve.
90 mins: Three mins added on, which will probably mean another 300 seconds of Juventus chasing the ball.
This game is done and dusted. Why bother adding so much time on?
88 mins: Werner slips the ball through to Ziyech who hits a first-time shot but Szczesny gets down quickly to stop.
“In a 3-0 game, I am going to comment on something inane to point out that Tuchel is a good manager,” emails Ted Storer. “ How many other managers in a Champions League game are going to use their full complement of subs by the 75th minute? With crowded fixtures in the EPL and his entire team (almost) coming back from an international break, what a great move. It doesn’t seem like his freind at Liverpool, Herr Klopp seems to be able to do the same.”
86 mins: It’s all been pretty subdued since the third went in but at least a few subs have picked up appearance feeds. a
He knows a thing or two about Chelsea.
84 mins: Dybala swings in a corner from the left but he finds no one in the box. It is sent back into the area and once again cleared but only as far as McKennie on the edge of the box, from where he whacks a shot which Mendy tips over.
82 mins: Dybala drives into the box and goes down under pressure from Rudiger but the Juventus nor the referee are interested in a foul being awarded.
80 mins: Arthur tries to dribble the ball up the pitch but he is dispossessed and Werner takes the ball on to shoot from distance but his shot is blocked.
Koni De Winter is on for what I think is his Juventus debut, so that’s nice.
76 mins: Hudson-Odoi is replaced by Mount, who should feel a lot lighter after losing his wisdom teeth. Saul is on for Jorginho, a rare outing for the Spaniard.
74 mins: Chelsea are very much managing the game here as they look to get through the final stages by exerting the least amount of energy possible in order to save themselves for Manchester United at the weekend.
72 mins: Juventus are currently passing the ball slowly from side to side, which is unlikely to open up the Chelsea defence.
Chilwell and Pulisic are replaced by Azpilicueta and Werner.
68 mins: Chilwell is banging the turf in the centre circle. I am not sure what has happened here either. I think Rabiot caught him on the top of the foot. Hoddle is trying to diagnose him, too, claiming it is a knee issue – he seems to be right and Chilwell hobbles off. He is basically House.
Arthur and Kean are on for Juve, which should turn the tide.
66 mins: Hoddle on co-comms claims it is a bad ankle twist for Ziyech.
Jorginho and Bonucci are having a chat with hands and shirts covering their mouths to avoid Italians lipreading their secrets.
64 mins: Ziyech drives at the Juventus defence and ends up in a heap inside the box after losing the ball on the edge. I am not exactly sure what is wrong. He seems to have run into De Ligt and that’s about it. Maybe he is just tired after a fine opening hour here tonight.
62 mins: Juventus really do look like a mid-table team at the moment. They are completely devoid of quality tonight. They have had one decent chance and spent the rest of the match camped in their own half.
Reece James = good.
60 mins: Without being too jingoistic about this … it is nice to see Chelsea have three English scorers in the Champions League. There was a time a young English player would not get near a Chelsea first team but this current crop are proving their worth.
A third English scorer for Chelsea! James is in the middle of the action once more with a lovely flick; the ball ends up with Loftus-Cheek who shuffles and shimmies to find space, before laying it off for Hudson-Odoi to place into the back of the net.
WHAT A HIT! The ball goes across the box to James, he chests it down and rifles a shot beyond Szczesny.
55 mins: Bentancur is caught out 25 yards from his own goal, Ziyech takes it towards the box but his pass sends Hudson-Odoi too wide, and his shot is not tricky to save.
53 mins: Rabiot, who had a spell at Manchester City as a 13-year-old, makes it to the sidelines and should be OK to continue.
James whips in a free-kick from the left for Thiago Silva to flick on its way towards the net but Szczesny gets down well.
51 mins: James pings a volleyed pass which whacks Rabiot straight in the face, leaving the France midfielder on the deck holding his noggin’ and Chelsea with a corner, to add insult to injury.
49 mins: Reece James gives Alex Sandro the runaround. I do not think there is an English player in better form at the moment than the Chelsea right-back but I am happy to be corrected.
Ziyech finds the gap to exploit, allowing Hudson-Odoi to race through on goal but he just can’t get his shot away before he is caught.
47 mins: Rudiger catches Morata in the back to gift Juventus a free-kick on the halfway line.
Brendan, I could discuss this all day but I will try to keep this short: I haven’t a clue.
The hosts are dominated the match from start to finish against a well-disciplined Juventus but they have given up a few chances and Chelsea have deservedly taken one.
44 mins: The ball is chipped over the top by Jorginho to Hudson-Odoi, he chests the ball down in front of him but Bonucci gets across to clear just in time.
“Just wondering, re 19:57,” emails David Hunter, “whether lemon juice is the Nice/FDA/etc approved diagnostic for questionable spicy sauce? Wouldn’t want the Guardian to be responsible for fake news or an Ivermectin type run on citrus.”
I am very much the Dr Nick Riviera for Covid.
42 mins: James drills a cross into the six-yard box but De Ligt reads the danger and turns it behind.
The Chelsea right-back takes another dangerous corner which flicks of the top of Thiago Silva’s head and away.
40 mins: Chiesa sends a corner into the box from the right, it only reaches Alex Sandro at the near post, from where the defender flicks the ball well wide.
38 mins: Hudson-Odoi pings a pass from left to right to find James, he chests it down on the edge of the box and whacks a shot across Szczesny but he dives to keep it out of the bottom corner.
Rudiger attacks a corner for Chelsea but he heads the ball wide under little pressure. He will be annoyed to have missed the target.
As predicted, Loftus-Cheek replaces Kante.
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