Tuchel: Juventus hammering ‘amazing’ as Chelsea did not ‘fall asleep’


Thomas Tuchel is delighted that his Chelsea side picked up a “fantastic result” versus Juventus in the Champions League group stages.

Chelsea went into this game second in Group H. Juventus beat their rivals 1-0 in Italy around two months ago but the Blues got their revenge on Tuesday night.

Tuchel’s side were by far the better team against their rivals as they dominated at Stamford Bridge.

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They took the lead in the first half through Trevoh Chalobah. The ball fell nicely for him in the penalty area and he smashed the ball home.

Reece James doubled their lead in the second half as his effort flew into the far corner. They got their third a couple of minutes later.

Callum Hudson-Odoi was the third academy player to score as he fired the ball past ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

Chelsea were not done there as Timo Werner added a fourth in stoppage time. This result sends them through to the knockout stages and it moves them to the top of Group H.

As reported by BBC Sport, Tuchel said his players “created so much” in their “amazing performance”:

“We wanted to stay patient but at the same time not fall asleep. We wanted to increase the rhythm and intensity. It’s so tough to create and score but we created so much. An amazing performance and a fantastic result,” Tuchel said.

“We were sharper than in Turin, we took more risks, something we lacked in Turin. By control you cannot hurt them – you need to penetrate with runs off the ball. We were very good and scored nice goals.

“I feel very aware that we do the invisible work and when we have to defend we really defend and dig in.”

On Ben Chilwell and N’Golo Kante’s injuries: “Ben has a sharp pain in the knee. N’Golo twisted his knee a little bit. They will both be examined tomorow. They are very sad things because N’Golo was very good before he went off and Chilly has been in a fantastic moment.”

“The best thing to keep them happy is to win and everyone has to fight for their place. We still have some tough decisions. I feel like they are disappointed [when left out] but they will never let the team down and show it for too long and it doesn’t affect their work ethic. We are in a good place. Sometimes you take tough decisions – it’s like this in football. The best thing is to win and we want to keep on winning.”

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