Chelsea secured their place in the last-16 of the Champions League after a 4-0 win over Juventus at Stamford Bridge.
Trevoh Chalobah opened the scoring 25 minutes into his first Champions League start from a corner. Reece James added a second five minutes before the hour mark with a cleanly struck volley.
Chelsea continued to dominate as the visitors struggled to keep possession in promising areas. Injuries to Ben Chilwell and N’Golo Kante did not stop the hosts’ dominance and Chelsea maintained their attacking impetus throughout.
Callum Hudson-Odoi added a third goal in the 58th minute after some neat footwork from Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the build-up. Timo Werner closed the game out with virtually the last kick of the game.
That win also means Thomas Tuchel has kept 31 clean sheets — the most of any side in Europe’s top five leagues so far — in his first 50 games as Chelsea manager, conceding just 24 times in the process.
Chelsea sit top of Group H on goal difference with 12 points with Juventus.
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November 23, 2021 at 5:52 PM EST
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November 23, 2021 at 5:47 PM EST
Someone get Southgate on the phone, quickly!
3 – Chelsea have had three different English goalscorers in a single UEFA Champions League match for the very first time (Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi). Lions.
November 23, 2021 at 5:44 PM EST
“As a young kid, I was watching the Champions League. To now be involved and get a goal… It’s been very emotional.
“For me now, it’s about consistency. I have to set an example for the younger kids coming up. Hard work pays off.”
November 23, 2021 at 5:40 PM EST
“It worries me because he was in such a fantastic moment, like Reece on the other side. They were in the best shape they could possibly be. So strong, full of confidence, and quality.
“He was in a lot of pain and now he feels a bit better. We will have the medical examination tomorrow we hope for the best.
“Fingers crossed, hopefully it’s not bad news. With N’Golo it’s the same. He was strong in the first half and then twisted his knee, but hopefully it’s not too bad.”
November 23, 2021 at 5:38 PM EST
“I don’t listen to what people say about us. I feel with my staff and from day one we’ve been very brave in our approach to defending. We have a ball possession always, try to create chances and be dangerous.
The comes a new season and we try to recreate this. In some moments, things come a bit easier and we catch momentum. This is the case now and all credit to the guys. We are not worried what people say about us. We want to be strong in all parts of the game.”
November 23, 2021 at 4:59 PM EST
If there was a scoreline that spelled domination, it’s 4-0. And Chelsea were full value for the margin of their victory.
That win means they finish top of Group H on goal difference with Juventus, both on 12 points each.
November 23, 2021 at 4:55 PM EST
95′ – With virtually the last kick of the game, Chelsea have a fourth through Werner.
James held off Kean’s challenge and sprayed a delightful pass out to Ziyech on the left whose cross allowed Werner to score from close range.
Outstanding performance from Tuchel’s men.
November 23, 2021 at 4:50 PM EST
90′ – The home crowd are in full voice after tonight’s ruthless showing. And why wouldn’t they be? Three goals scored by three academy graduates is as good a reason to celebrate as any!
November 23, 2021 at 4:46 PM EST
88′ – Werner wins the ball just outside of Juventus’ penalty area, feeds it to Ziyech making a run into the box but the Moroccan can’t wrap his foot around the ball enough to guide his finish beyond Szczesny.
3-0 as it stands.
November 23, 2021 at 4:35 PM EST
76′ – Hudson-Odoi comes off for Mason Mount. The winger received a warm applause from the home crowd after carrying on his impressive form.
November 23, 2021 at 4:30 PM EST
72′ – After a collision in midfield with Rabiot, Chilwell went down in severe discomfort and has now been replaced by Cesar Azpilicueta.
Timo Werner also comes on for Christian Pulisic.
November 23, 2021 at 4:23 PM EST
Not bad for a right-back, eh?
5 – Reece James (5 goals, 5 assists) is one of only two players to both score 5+ goals and assist 5+ goals in all competitions for Premier League clubs this season, along with Mo Salah (16 goals, 7 assists). Hot. pic.twitter.com/Vk1iVJlxza
November 23, 2021 at 4:20 PM EST
60′ – Chelsea turning on the style now. Loftus-Cheek danced his way through a congested penalty box to lay the ball on a plate for Hudson-Odoi who tucked home the chance with a left-footed finish.
Paulo Dybala comes on for Rodrigo Bentancur.
November 23, 2021 at 4:16 PM EST
58′ – Chilwell’s cross finds it way to Reece James who chests it down and unleashes the purest strike to volley into the far corner. Sumptuous from the right back.
The power behind that Reece James strike 🚀
This is how Thomas Tuchel is unlocking his wing-backs’ attacking threat…
➡️ https://t.co/pTZn9hewmw pic.twitter.com/5iHPtjRfUh
November 23, 2021 at 4:14 PM EST
56′ – Moments after Thiago Silva’s header from a free-kick was saved by Szczesny, Ziyech won the ball high in Juventus and fed Hudson-Odoi but the winger’s first touch dragged him and the chance fizzled out.
November 23, 2021 at 4:04 PM EST
46′ – No changes at the break.
November 23, 2021 at 3:50 PM EST
A dominant first-half display from the hosts, who have enjoyed 61% possession so far – most of that coming in the final third.
Chalobah’s goal remains the difference but Hudson-Odoi and Reece James have come close to widening the margin. Chelsea deservedly in front though.
November 23, 2021 at 3:38 PM EST
38′ – Kante makes way for Loftus-Cheek for what must be an injury of some sort.
November 23, 2021 at 3:30 PM EST
30′ – Morata lifts the ball over an onrushing Mendy but just as the ball looks like it’s creeping over the line, Silva tracks back and hooks it clear acrobatically but lands awkwardly for his troubles.
November 23, 2021 at 3:28 PM EST
25′ – Reece James swings a teasing corner in and Antonio Rudiger knocks the ball back across goal for Trevor Chalobah to volley home emphatically for his first Champions League goal!
The moment 💫