UEFA Champions League Gameweek 2
Sep 29, 2021 KO: 19:00

Juventus - Chelsea

Allianz Stadium Torino
Referee: Jesús Gil
Chiesa 46'  

Match preview

How Juventus and Chelsea could line up in the Champions League

After they both won their opening group stage games, Juventus and Chelsea will be looking to make it two from two. How will each side line up?

Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea side travel to Turin to face Juventus in the second tie of their Champions League group stage.

Both teams picked up wins in the first game, with Chelsea seeing of Zenit, while Juventus dispatched Malmo. So, they're looking to make it two wins from two, and take an early lead in Group H.

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It's obviously early doors, but these two sides unsurprisingly look like the class of the field in the group, and hence this will be a crucial game in determining who finishes top and who ends up second.

Both teams have injury issues, with Juventus missing both Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata, severely reducing the quality of their attack, while Chelsea won't be able to call upon Reece James, who went down during their league loss to Manchester City, and isn't likely to feature.

The Blues have been handed a boost, however, as Mason Mount is reportedly fit, and available to play after he missed their most recent game through injury. He will, though, only feature off the bench, rather than from the start.

How will Juventus and Chelsea line up?

Massimiliano Allegri dropped Wojciech Szczesny for their last league game, with Mattia Perin coming in to replace him after the Polish goalkeeper made several high-profile errors to start the season. However, Szczesny is likely to return, with a back four of Danilo, Danilo, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, and Alex Sandro in front of him.

Allegri may well deploy a 4-4-2, and if he does, then Juan Cuadrado will play as the right midfielder, with Federico Bernadeschi on the opposite flank.

Manuel Locatelli and Rodrigo Bentancur will be the double pivot.

Moise Kean and Federico Chiesa, subject to interest from Chelsea, could well lead the line, with Chiesa given license to roam.

As for Chelsea, Edouard Mendy returned against Man City, and should keep his place. A back three of Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, and Antonio Rudiger will be used, while Cesar Azpilicueta will play as the right wing-back with James injured. Marcos Alonso is keeping Ben Chilwell out the side, and expect this to continue.

A 3-5-2 didn't work against Man City, and so Tuchel won't use it here. Jorginho and N'Golo Kante is his preferred midfield duo, but Mateo Kovacic has had impressive start to the season, and the Frenchman could find himself out of the squad as he reportedly has yet another knock.

A front three of Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, and Romelu Lukaku could be the chosen option with Mount not fully fit.

Juventus vs Chelsea - Football tactics and formations

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Chelsea
  Average Match Rating  
6.4
  Home  
6.7
6.8
  Away  
6.8
6.7
  Total  
6.7

Match statistics

Juventus
Statistics
Chelsea
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
11
13
Draws
4
3
Losses
5
4
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
38
27
Goals Per Game
1.90
1.35
More > 2.5 Goals
15
6
More > 3 Goals
9
0
Scored First in a Match
13
14
Scored Both Halves
10
4
Won More > 1 Goal
5
6
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
27
11
Did Not Score
4
4
Both Teams Scored
15
7
Kept Clean Sheet
1
10
Won Without Conceding
1
9
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
725
740
Possession
55
55
Passes
539
557
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
16
14
Shots on Target
5.50
5.11
Goals out of Shots
0.13
0.10
Crosses
21
17
Offsides
2.46
2.76
Penalties
0.20
0.05
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.05
0.50
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
14
14
Interceptions
10
8.36
Own Goals
0.05
0.00
Aerials Won
11
14
Total Shots Conceded
12
9.75
Shots on Target Conceded
3.60
3.25
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.13
0.07
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
15
11
Yellow Cards
1.90
1.55
Red Cards
0.00
0.10

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