Chelsea flex a nervous attacking threat in the demolition of Juventus


When both Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku jumped off in Chelsea’s Champions League win over Malmö in October, there was a genuine concern that their injuries could be traced from their fine start to the season.

Two of the Blues’ scarce options to play in the middle were out for several weeks, with some big matches on the horizon.

Where would the goals come from? Well, everywhere it turns out.

Apart from the frustrating draw with Burnley and the return match in Malmö where the goals were difficult to get hold of (even though they still scored), Chelsea have reached a new attacking plan in the absence of their two main strikers – which culminated in the demolition of Juventus on Tuesday. Evening.

It is so rare in football that a side adapts and fills the gaps seamlessly. During the time that Lukaku and Werner have been out, they have posed a threat from absolutely everywhere.

It was proved again in the 4-0 destruction of Bianconeri, as four goal scorers from four different areas on the pitch did the damage; the first goal came through midfielder Trevoh Chalobah, who showed a striker’s instinct and ability to fire a loose ball beyond Wojciech Szczesny on the turn.

Ygebacken Reece James made it 2-0 in what was a dominant second half for the hosts. He took down Matthijs de Ligt’s poor clearance on his chest, let the ball bounce and then thundered it beyond the unfortunate Szczesny.

James – who is without a doubt one of the best in the world in his position at the moment – has symbolized the “one for all” attitude that head coach Thomas Tuchel has instilled in the club, appears as the club’s top scorer this season but never, never avoids . his defensive responsibilities. He was the key to retaining Alex Sandro and Federico Chiesa throughout the process at Stamford Bridge, despite succeeding in attacking at every opportunity.

The third was completed by winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, but was created by a crazy dribbling from Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who left the entire Juve back line in his wake before putting the ball on a plate for his second academy candidate.

The back in front of the goal scorers was appropriately rounded off by the returning Werner, who got a tap-in after a nice low post from Hakim Ziyech. James was inevitably involved in the build-up and won the ball before pinging an exact pass across the field to the Moroccan to provide the assist.

A gratifying partial story was that the first three names on the results sheet were academy graduates, as was the assistant for the third, Loftus-Cheek.

Given that it is something that has obviously been carefully trained down to the smallest detail, Tuchel’s ability to get this attacking effect from his entire team has been nothing short of a genius move.

The ominous thing is that Werner returned with a goal and Lukaku was fit enough for the bench when he edged closer to a return. With them in the lineup, this page can develop into something even more threatening.

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