Juventus’ positive trend in the Champions League this season continued on the second matchday of Group H. Entertaining Chelsea at the Allianz Stadium, Juventus managed to beat their guests with a narrow 1-0 score.
The only Bianconeri goal came through the feet of Federico Chiesa in the 46th minute. With this result, Juventus tops Group H with 6 points, while Chelsea is second with 3 points. Here are 5 interesting facts that happened throughout the game.
1. Chiesa’s fastest goal record
The match between the two teams was very tight, and did not produce a goal in the first half. However, Juventus managed to take the lead early in the second half through Federico Chiesa’s quick goal. Incredibly, the goal was the fastest goal in Juventus history in the Champions League since the second half whistle sounded.
Chiesa only needed 10 seconds to score in the second half. This match is also Chiesa’s first match in the Champions League this season after missing the first match against Malmo.
2. Worst in Serie A, Juventus perfect in Champions League
This season, Juventus started the Italian Serie A with bad results. Of the 6 matches played, they only recorded 2 wins, 2 losses and 2 draws. Now they are stuck in 10th position with only 8 points. But their fate in the Champions League is 180 degrees.
Juventus started this season perfectly with 2 wins early in the group stage. Whereas in the match against Chelsea, Paulo Dybala and Albaro Morata had to be absent.
Interestingly, this is the fourth time Juventus have won their first 2 matches in the group stage of the Champions League without conceding a single goal. The last two games, this season and 2018/19, have been under Massimiliano Allegri.
3. Chelsea always lose away games against Italian clubs
With this result, Chelsea extended a bad record when they had to deal with an Italian club. This was Chelsea’s fifth defeat away from an Italian club.
Prior to this defeat, they also suffered defeats to Inter Milan (2009/10), Napoli (2011/12), Juventus (2012/13) and Roma (2017/18). On the other hand, this is also Chelsea’s second defeat this season after previously being silenced by Man City with a score of 1-0 in the Premier League.
4. The standout players
Federico Chiesa was chosen to be the man of the match in this match through his heroism in scoring the winning goal. But another figure that is no less impressive is the performance of their two defenders, Leonardo Bonucci and Matthijs de Ligt. He managed to block the attacks of the Chelsea strikers who were inhabited by Romelu Lukaku, Kai Havertz, and Hakim Ziyech.
In that match, Chelsea controlled 72 percent of the ball and made 16 attempts, but only 1 was a dangerous opportunity. The new Juventus midfielder, Manuel Locaatelli also appeared dominant in the deadly midfield attack by the Blues midfielders . Based on whoscored, Locatelli has a rating of 7.52, the second highest in the game after Alex Sandro.
5. Next game
Chelsea must immediately forget about this defeat and immediately focus on the next match in the Premier League. They will face mid-table Southampton this weekend at Stamford Bridge. Currently, the Blues themselves are ranked 3rd with 13 points, only one point adrift of Liverpool at the top of the standings.
Meanwhile, Juventus will have a Turin derby duel against Torino. Both teams currently have only collected 8 points. Juventus must win in order to maintain the hope of winning this season.
Victory over Chelsea is an important asset for Juventus to return to their best performance in Serie A. The Bianconeri have proven that without Cristiano Ronaldo they are still a dangerous team in Europe. Under the tutelage of Massimiliano Allegri, they have rebuilt their dream of winning the Champions League trophy, which they have always failed to achieve.