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Tuchel’s honeymoon is over as Juventus loss highlights Chelsea’s vulnerability

Chelsea fell to a 1-0 defeat in Turin just days after losing to Manchester City as Federico Chiesa’s goal straight after half-time separated the sides in the Champions League tie

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Thomas Tuchel did not start with a single English player in his starting line-up – and then brought on five.

It just about summed up a thoroughly bad night for Chelsea and Tuchel as the visitors crashed to a second damaging defeat in the space of five days.

This looked like Chelsea were still suffering a hangover from their defeat to title rivals Manchester City on Saturday as they were second best to Juventus.

Chelsea boss Tuchel has been untouchable since taking charge in January but this past week has been a brutal reality check and suddenly his selections and tactics will be questioned.

Tuchel got it all wrong, Chelsea were very poor, Romelu Lukaku missed their one decent chance and Federico Chiesa’s winner 11 seconds after the restart was the very least Juventus deserved.



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Now Juventus top Group H after two wins, Chelsea’s start to the season does not look so good and Tuchel will know that he got it wrong.

In truth, the result was nothing to do with the nationality of the line-up. Chelsea were the first team to field a team without an Englishman, they did it in 1999 and, 22 years later, they did it again.

But even when the five English subs came on – first Ben Chilwell, followed by a treble change with Trevoh Chalobah, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus Cheek then even forgotten man Ross Barkley – they could not turn things around.









Chelsea are missing big players like injured duo Mason Mount and N’Golo Kante but you would have expected Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz to step up but they could not take their chance. They were so poor as were too many others.

Chelsea offered Lukaku very little support and service, they were slack in defence and created very little in midfield.

Incredibly, this is only the second time that Tuchel has lost two games in a row since taking charge and, after winning the Champions League in May, it is hard to be too critical.



Federico Chiesa fires home the winner for Juventus
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EBut this is his first real test, the first time he has to lift the mood and get the season back on track as suddenly even the Champions League Group does not look a formality.

There can be no doubt that winning the trophy makes you a big scalp, it raises expectation levels and Juventus raised their game and showed way more desire.

English clubs traditionally do not do very well in Turin as only Manchester United have won here since Arsenal became the first way back in 1980.



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But Chelsea looked up for it early on as they took the game to Juventus but just struggled to make chances and, slowly, the visitors’ sloppiness handed the initiative to the home side.

Juventus boss Max Allegri has returned to the club to rebuild and take them back to former glories and he immediately showed that his philosophy has not changed from sitting deep, playing on the counter and frustrating opponents.

After a dull first half, Chelsea were behind within the blink of an eye of the restart. Chilwell replaced Marcos Alonso at half time but barely had time to adjust before Chiesa had the ball in the net.







Federico Bernardeschi’s through ball released Chiesa, he beat Antonio Rudiger to the pass and smashed a shot past Edouard Mendy into the roof of the net.

Chelsea had no response. No amount of changes could change the course of the game. Lukaku slashed wide from inside the box, Havertz headed a late chance over and yet it was all a bit too late and desperate to save the visitors.


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