Chelsea Humbled By Briliant Chiesa In Juventus   (Sky Sports)

Juventus 1 Chelsea 0

Federico ChiesaFederico Chiesa’s goal 10 seconds into the second half sent Juventus to a 1-0 Champions League win over Chelsea, who have now suffered back-to-back defeats.

After a low key opening 45 minutes, the snappy Chiesa fired the Italians in front with one of the first kicks of the second half.

Chelsea continued to dominate possession, registering 73 per cent of the ball, but struggled to create a killer chance, posting just one effort on target.

Juve held on to continue a fine start to their Champions League campaign under returning coach Massimiliano Allegri as they sit top on six points from two games, while Chelsea stay second on three points.

Player ratings

Juventus: Szczesny (7), De Ligt (8), Bonucci (8), Danilo (7), Alex Sandro (7), Rabiot (6), Cuadrado (7), Bernardeschi (7), Locatelli (7), Bentancur (6), Chiesa (9)

Subs used: Kean (7), Kulusevski (6), Chiellini (7)

Chelsea: Mendy (6), Azpilicueta (6), Silva (7), Christensen (7), Rudiger (6), Alonso (6), Jorginho (6), Kovacic (6), Havertz (5), Ziyech (5), Lukaku (6)

Subs used: Hudson-Odoi (6), Loftus-Cheek (6), Chalobah (6), Barkley (6)

Man of the match: Federico Chiesa

How Chelsea fell flat in Turin...

Juventus have made a sticky start domestically, winning their first Serie A game of the season at the fifth attempt at the weekend, beating Spezia 3-2. It's not been the start Massimiliano Allegri would have envisaged on his second stint as boss and his team looked nervous in front of an edgy home crowd in the early stages.

Thomas Tuchel will have been looking for a reaction following their underwhelming performance when Manchester City visited Stamford Bridge on Saturday. His team started in confident fashion with the ball and Lukaku flashed a shot straight at Wojciech Szczęsny after a well-worked corner.

But that was to be Chelsea's only shot at goal for the next 39 minutes as Juventus slowly got to grips with a tactical encounter revolved around key battles in midfield.

Chiesa sparked the game into life whenever he received the ball in space and he raced into the box on 19 minutes but flashed his finish across goal.

Ben Chilwell joined the fray after the break, but Tuchel's half-time instructions were still ringing in Chelsea ears when Chiesa rifled the ball into the net following a clever pass from Federico Bernardeschi.

The Blues settled down after conceding and started pinning Juve into their own half without ever finding a truly clinical final ball.

Jorginho, Hakim Ziyech and captain Cesar Azpilicueta were all hooked, in favour of Trevoh Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi in a bid to find a spark.

However, it was Juventus that came the closest when Bernardeschi should have put the game out of sight only to bundle a chance wide in a rare Juve counter-attack that was started by a fantastic pass from Adrien Rabiot.

Ross Barkley was thrown into the mix as well with time ticking down and created Chelsea's best chance of the match with seven minutes left.

The 27-year-old threaded a fine ball through for Lukaku, only for the striker, who was supremely well marshalled all night, to shank a poor finish wide of the post.

There was still time for one last chance when Havertz rose to head a Chilwell over the bar from no more than 10 yards out. It was another Chelsea effort on goal failing to test an opposition goalkeeper meaning just one of their shots over the last 180 minutes of football has found the target.

What the managers said

Thomas Tuchel told BT Sport: "I think we started not sharp enough. We struggled to create our own rhythm and intensity because they were so deep and passive. We were lacking runs. We were so good in training yesterday and not good enough, not free enough today. I don't know why.

"I felt we were a bit slow and tired, mentally slow, decision-making. That's why it's a strange one to analyse."

Massimiliano Allegri said: "Sailors always find the way out of a storm. Tonight was a good game against the European champions. Technically we could have played better but we suffered a bit and we missed a couple of counter-attacks. Two games, six points, zero goals conceded, another step towards qualification, a good step forward."

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Chiesa has scored the fastest Juventus' Champions League goal since the beginning of the second half (10 seconds).

Chiesa became the first Italian to score in four consecutive UEFA Champions League starts for Juventus since Alessandro Del Piero in November 1997.

Juventus did not even make a shot on target in the first half: the last time they had no shots on target in the first 45 minutes in Champions League was October 2020 against Barcelona.

Chelsea's defeat ended a run of 12 unbeaten group stage games in the UEFA Champions League since September 2019, when they lost 1-0 against Valencia.

What's next?

Chelsea are back at Stamford Bridge on Saturday for a 3pm clash with Southampton in the Premier League. Next up in the Champions League for them is on Malmo on October 20.

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Juventus Szczesny, De Ligt, Bonucci (c), Danilo, Sandro, Rabiot (McKennie 77), Cuadrado, Bernardaschi (Kulusevski 65), Locatelli, Bentancur (Chiellini 83), Chiesa (Kean 77)
Subs Not Used De Sciglio, Pinsoglio, Rugani, Perin
Booked Cuadrado
Goals Chiesa 46

Chelsea Mendy, Azpilicueta (c) (Chalobah 62), Silva, Christensen (Barkley 75), Rudiger, Alonso (Chilwell 46), Jorginho (Loftus-Cheek 62), Kovacic, Havertz, Ziyech (Hudson-Odoi 62), Lukaku
Subs Not Used Kepa, Bettinelli, Sarr, Saul, Werner
Booked Alonso, Ziyech, Rudiger

Attendance 19,934

Referee Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)

VAR Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)