Chelsea are set to continue the defence of their UEFA Champions League trophy when they travel to Turin to take on Juventus on Wednesday night. Both teams are currently at the top of group H after Juventus thumped Malmo on the opening day, while Chelsea recorded a narrow victory over Zenit St Petersburg.
The clash on Wednesday night is going to be a rare meeting between these two teams who have only met on four previous occasions since the inception of the UEFA Champions League.
Chelsea fans would not like to remember what happened the last time they faced off against Juventus as it ended in humiliation for their club.
It was in November 2012 and Chelsea had just lifted the Champions League trophy for the very first time in their club’s history. They were paired in the same group with Juventus, Shaktar Donetsk and Nordjaelland the following season but fared woefully in the competition.
Roberto Di Mateo’s side went into that match in need of a result to remain in the competition but a rampant display from Juventus subdued them to a heavy defeat on the night.
Goals from Fabio Quagliarella, Sabastian Giovinco and Arturo Vidal handed the Blues a 3-0 defeat and saw them crash out of the Champions League. They became the first defending champions to fail to make it out of the group stage.
We could witness a repeat of that result on Wednesday night as Thomas Tuchel’s side are looking very vulnerable at the moment. They struggled to beat a second string Aston Villa side in the Carabao Cup and needed penalties to qualify, before suffering a defeat to Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
They also face the prospect of playing without a couple of their key players as Reece James has an ankle injury, while Jorginho and Mason Mount could also miss out with minor knocks.
Juventus themselves have started regaining some form after a poor start to their campaign. They have won their last two Serie A games and will carry that confidence into the match against the european champions.