The XXL performance of Reece James and Tuchel’s Chelsea, the absence of Juventus … Find the tops and flops of the editorial staff during the demonstration of the Blues against the Bianconeri (4-0).
James rinsed them outStratosphere for several weeks, Reece James was the best Londoner against Juventus on Tuesday (4-0), as for a while. Pacing up and down its right side, the British piston made Sandro and Bonucci live an ordeal, regularly overwhelmed by the intensity of the 21-year-old nugget, who will rarely have sinned in the use of his 81 balls played. But it is on the offensive plan that James has been shining for weeks, he who scored a fifth goal this season in his characteristic style, with a heavy cross strike (55th). He had failed to deceive Szczesny in the same way in first (36th). Still in the penultimate pass on the last goal, signed Werner (90th 4).
Chelsea, Star Academy Symbol of the triumphant academy of the Blues, James was accompanied in this success by his colleagues of the center Trevoh Chalobah and Callum Hudson-Odoi. The first mentioned, loaned to Lorient last year, opened the scoring opportunist before the second came to conclude a festival of Loftus-Cheek, another “Baby Blue”, came into play in place of Kanté, injured. Full card for Chelsea and their academy, who lined up three players at kick-off – for one goal each.
Tuchel’s new masterclass Removed from his post in Paris last Christmas, Thomas Tuchel bounced back in a spectacular manner at Chelsea. If the Blues won the last Champions League thanks to his methods, they are now contenders for their own succession. Mastered wonderfully by his flock, Tuchel’s 3-4-3 completely washed away Juventus like Leicester last Saturday (3-0). The intensity demanded and obtained by the German makes his Chelsea a serious winning machine. It is also worth highlighting the resurrection of some players, like the bluffing RÃ¼diger, sovereign in the air but also in the game (87 balls played, match record). A perfect match!
Morata-Chiesa, ungrateful rolesAlvaro Morata recalled the bad memory of Stamford Bridge. Conspired by his former audience, who quickly spotted the costly casting error (66 million euros), the Spanish center-forward had a sad evening, marked by a big missed opportunity, or rather heroically saved by Thiago Silva (28th). TO?? his sides, his friend Federico Chiesa was much more ghostly before his late exit (80th). 55 balls played for two, lonely in a match where their team did not exist.
Juventus is sick Already sick in the league (8th in Serie A), Juventus has so far offered itself enchanted parentheses in the middle of the week, validated by a qualification thanks to four victories in as many of meetings. A record which until then offered first place in Group H. But it was shattered against a revenge Chelsea after the first leg (1-0). Already dominating in Turin, the Londoners have this time concretized their domination against a very pale Juventus. Without a conductive thread in the absence of Dybala (who entered the game in the 60th), the band at Massimiliano Allegri simply sank for an hour and a half (a single shot on target). The specter of a failed return is looming for the Italian coach.
Ziyech lacks rhythm His decisive pass after extra time highlights Hakim Ziyech, one of the less inspired players on the home side. If he participated more in the game than Pulisic, the Moroccan sometimes played against time, sometimes doubling the touches of balls. Himself overwhelmed by the intensity of his family, the former Ajax, who is gradually regaining playing time, clearly lacks rhythm. For example, he lacks promptitude to serve Hudson-Odoi (54th) and misses his face to face with Szczesny at the end of the match (87th).
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