Tue 20 Nov 2012 19:45 (Attendance: 40,000)
The champions of Italy host the champions of Europe as Group E continues to heat up. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton analyse this Anglo-Italian encounter…
This is familiar territory for Roberto Di Matteo. The former Italy international's first Champions League match as manager was a make-or-break one against Napoli that the Blues won 4-1.
That thrilling evening was at Stamford Bridge in the knockout phase. The European Champions' task tonight is to avoid defeat and remain above Juventus in Group E going into the final game in London against Nordsjaelland.
A repeat of the 2-2 draw in the foothills of the Alps in 2008 would suffice; victory would confirm passage to the Round of 16 straight away. Chelsea have never failed to progress from a Champions League group, and neither has any previous season's winners.
Victor Moses' late winner over Shakhtar last time out was a crucial strike, not only because it delivered three points, but because it reduced the likelihood that the Ukrainians would have little to play for on Matchday Six against Juve.
The runaway Ukraine Premier League leaders play in Denmark tonight; Nordsjaelland currently lie second behind Copenhagen heading into their winter break. The Danes were trounced 4-0 at Parken by Chelsea at the start of October but earned a shock draw with Juve later the same month.
That result, on the same night Chelsea fell to Shakhtar, could be the decisive one of the group. Victory in Denmark would have permitted Juventus a draw tonight. Now they can afford only one possible result: a win. It might have been worse: they trailed for half an hour until Mirko Vučinić popped up with fewer that 10 minutes to go.
Defeat for Di Matteo's men would take matters out of the hands of the champions of Europe. Juve would then need to find a point in Shakhtar on Matchday Six to finish ahead of the Blues on head-to-head results.
Barring a shock in tonight's Nordsjaelland-Shakhtar game, a win at home against the Danes might not be enough for Chelsea to progress.
The Londoners have hit poor form domestically, accruing two points from the last 12 on offer and slipping from top slot to third. The more superstitious among our fans lamented that the latest setback happened while wearing a black kit, which has been the strip colour for five of our last six away league defeats.
Chelsea have a decent recent record in this competition's group stage though.
This will be Chelsea's first visit to the new Juventus Stadium, rebuilt on the site of the Stadio Delle Alpi, and a different one to our previous visit to Turin in 2009 (pictured above), the Stadio Olimpico.
Juve fans like their new 'English'-style stadium, with its stands closer to the pitch than the old, cavernous Delle Alpi. It was opened in 2011 and has a capacity of 41,000.
However, the Old Lady suffered a first defeat there against title rivals Inter on 3 November. They bounced back to win their next game there against Nordsjaelland 4-0 (their first win in Group E), and drew 0-0 with a defence-minded Lazio on Saturday evening.
Our last victory on Italian soil was a brilliant 4-0 against Lazio in Rome at the beginning of November 2003. Juve have drawn five of their last six home games against English opposition.
Other Group E fixture
Tue7.45pm - FC Nordsjaelland v Shakhtar Donetsk
|Champions League Group E table|
Champions League top scorers
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 5
Oscar (Chelsea) 4
Alan (Braga) 4
Burak Yilmaz (Galatasaray) 4
Roberto Soldado (Valencia) 4
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke) 4
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Juventus need a win while Chelsea must avoid defeat. We look at which factors might determine which side achieves their aim tonight.
Robbie Di Matteo omitted five regulars from the start at West Brom following the latest air miles extravaganza of international friendlies and ahead of this season-defining game in Group E.
He was disappointed with the performance, especially at either end of the field, and hinted at changes in personnel and approach. The grey of November has replaced the bright colours of autumn and the former Lazio man says he may explore a more defensive line-up to stem the concession of goals.
A draw would suit the Blues tonight, but without the likes of John Terry and Frank Lampard, does the Italian have the personnel to go catenaccio and lock Juve out? Having Ashley Cole fit again will certainly help.
If Antonio Conte's Serie A leaders have a weakness it is the lack of a prolific goalscorer. Fabio Quagliarella and Sebastian Giovinco have 10 between them in the league. Chelsea have a similiar problem, but like the Blues, Juve benefit from a midfield threat, especially Arturo Vidal.
Just six of the Blues' 24 Premier League goals have been scored by forwards; fewer than the seven netted by defenders and 11 derived from midfield. Set plays may well be an important asset to the Londoners this evening.
The defending champions' top scorer in this competition so far is Oscar. He played a key role in the reverse of this fixture at Stamford Bridge. Until he was stamped out of the game by Leonardo Bonucci (a foul that bizarrely went entirely unpunished) the youngster was deputed to track Juve playmaker Andrea Pirlo deep in the Italians' own half, and to steal possession where possible.
The Brazilian topped that by hitting two goals, one a sensational strike that is a candidate for goal of the season. Pirlo, 33, has been well rested by club and country in recent weeks ahead of this match.
One Chelsea forward who made his mark in the game against Shakhtar was Victor Moses. The Nigerian's first goal in Europe's elite competition showed that he can provide the forceful individual interventions that have been a hallmark of our African players in this competition: we think of Michael Essien against Barcelona or Valencia, Didier Drogba against so many - not least Munich in last season's final.
Chelsea have bucked the trend of poor domestic form in this competition before. We must hope they manage the same in northern Italy tonight.
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WE HAVE HISTORY
Our only previous competitive meetings came in the 2008/09 Round of 16 when a 13th-minute Didier Drogba goal gave the Blues a 1-0 first-leg victory at Stamford Bridge before a 2-2 draw in Turin.
This season's Matchday One fixture
19 September 2012
Oscar 31, 33 Vidal 37
Chelsea's biggest away win in the Champions League
20/10/1999 - Galatasaray 0-5 Chelsea - First group stage
Juve's biggest home win in the Champions League
10/12/2003 - Juventus 7-0 Olympiacos - Group stage
Chelsea won in Italy: 3,304
Juventus lost at home: 24
Arsenal won a trophy: 2,740
Liverpool won the league: 8,235
Visit again at lunchtime for part two of the Briefing.
The Blues have topped our group in seven of our last nine Champions League campaigns. We have never failed to progress to the knockout stage.
Chelsea have won eight and lost six of our last 21 away games in the Champions League. Last term we failed to win any of our away group matches having taken the lead in all three. We achieved draws at Valencia and Genk and fell to a last-minute winner at Bayer Leverkusen.
We have scored in our last 18 Champions League matches since we lost 0-1 to Man Utd in the 2010/11 quarter-final at Stamford Bridge.
Our record in Italy is only one win in 11 matches, drawing five and losing five.
|Chelsea's away record against Italian teams|
|1965/66||Roma||D 0-0||Inter-Cities Fairs Cup first round|
|1965/66||AC Milan||L 1-2||Inter-Cities Fairs Cup third round|
|1965/66||AC Milan||D 1-1||Inter-Cities Fairs Cup third round play-off|
|1997/98||Vicenza||L 0-1||European Cup Winners' Cup semi-final|
|1999/00||AC Milan||D 1-1||Champions League first group stage|
|1999/00||Lazio||D 0-0||Champions League second group stage|
|2003/04||Lazio||W 4-0||Champions League group stage|
|2008/09||Roma||L 1-3||Champions League group stage|
|2008/09||Juventus||D 2-2||Champions League round of 16|
|2009/10||Inter||L 1-2||Champions League round of 16|
|2011/12||Napoli||L 1-3||Champions League round of 16|
Chelsea's last ten years in Europe
2002/03 - UEFA Cup - first round
2003/04 - Champions League - semi-final
2004/05 - Champions League - semi-final
2005/06 - Champions League - round of 16
2006/07 - Champions League - semi-final
2007/08 - Champions League - runners-up
2008/09 - Champions League - semi-final
2009/10 - Champions League - round of 16
2010/11 - Champions League - quarter-final
2011/12 - Champions League - winners
|Last six results|
|Oct 28||Manchester United (h)||L 2-3|
|Oct 31||Manchester United (League Cup h)||W 5-4 aet|
|Nov 3||Swansea (a)||D 1-1|
|Nov 7||Shakhtar Donetsk (Champions League h)||W 3-2|
|Nov 11||Liverpool (h)||D 1-1|
|Nov 17||West Brom (a)||L 1-2|
Scorers Mata 7, Torres 7, Cahill 5, Hazard 4 (2 pens), Oscar 4, Ivanovic 3, Lampard 3 (2 pens), Moses 3, Ramires 3, Bertrand 2, D Luiz 2 (1 pen), Sturridge 2, Cole 1, Romeu 1 (pen), Terry 1. Total 48.
|Chelsea's next three games|
|Sun 25 Nov||Manchester City home||4pm|
|Wed 28 Nov||Fulham home||7.45pm|
|Sat 1 Dec||West Ham away||12.45pm|
We need two more goals for the half century for the season. Tonight is our 21st match.
28 league titles, last in 2012
9 Italian Cups, last in 1995
5 Italian Super Cups, last in 2012
2 European Cups, last in 1996
1 European Cup Winners' Cup in 1984
3 UEFA Cups, last in 1993
2 UEFA Super Cups, last in 1996
2 Intercontinental Cup, last in 1996
Juventus have been crowned European Champions on two occasions - in 1984/85 against Liverpool and 1995/96 against Ajax on penalties. They have been runners-up five times; 1973 v Ajax, 1983 v Hamburg, 1997 v Borussia Dortmund, 1998 v Real Madrid and AC Milan with Andriy Shevchenko on penalties in 2003.
|Last ten league seasons|
In winning Serie A last season Juventus remained unbeaten. Their only defeat came in the Coppa Italia final against Napoli.
Their 49-game unbeaten league run, stretching back to May 2011, ended on the 3 November at home to Inter Milan. It fell short of the all-time Italian top-flight record of 58 set in the early nineties by an AC Milan side that included Carlo Ancelotti and Ruud Gullit.
Juve's win against Nordsjaelland on Matchday Four ended a run of nine successive draws in European competition. They came behind in all the first three of this season's group matches to secure a point.
Juve have only beaten English opposition at home once in six attempts over the last 10 years.
Their overall record against English teams is 15 wins, 13 draws and 15 defeats.
Saturday's goalless draw against Lazio maintained their four-point lead at the top of Serie A.
Their home domestic and European record this season is six wins, two draws and one defeat.
Their all-time European Cup/Champions League record is played 205, won 101, drawn 52, lost 52.
|Juve's last 10 away games against English teams in Europe|
|1997/98||Man Utd||W 1-0||Champions League group stage|
|1998/99||Man Utd||L 2-3||Champions League semi-final|
|2001/02||Arsenal||W 1-0||Champions League second group stage|
|2002/03||Newcastle||W 2-0||Champions League first group stage|
|2002/03||Man Utd||L 0-3||Champions League second group stage|
|2004/05||Liverpool||D 0-0||Champions League quarter-final|
|2005/06||Arsenal||D 0-0||Champions League quarter-final|
|2008/09||Chelsea||D 2-2||Champions League round of 16|
|2009/10||Fulham||W 3-1||Europa League round of 16|
|2010/11||Man City||D 1-1||Europa League group stage|
Ten-year European record
2002/03 - Champions League runners-up
2003/04 - Champions League round of 16
2004/05 - Champions League quarter finals
2005/06 - Champions League quarter finals
2006/07 - Did not qualify
2007/08 - Did not qualify
2008/09 - Champions League round of 16
2009/10 - Europa League round of 16 having transferred from the Champions League group stage
2010/11 - Europa League group stage
2011/12 - Did not qualify
|Champions League results|
|Sep 19||Chelsea (a)||D 2-2|
|Oct 2||Shakhtar Donetsk (h)||D 1-1|
|Oct 23||FC Nordsjaelland (a)||D 1-1|
|Oct 23||FC Nordsjaelland (h)||W 4-0|
Champions League scorers
Quagliarella 2, Vidal 2, Bonucci 1, Giovinco 1, Marchisio 1, Vučinić 1.
|Last six domestic results|
|Oct 20||Napoli (h)||W 2-0|
|Oct 28||Catania (a)||W 1-0|
|Oct 31||Bologna (h)||W 2-1|
|Nov 3||Inter (h)||L 1-3|
|Nov 10||Pescara (a)||W 6-1|
|Nov 17||Lazio (h)||D 0-0|
Serie A scorers
Quagliarella 6, Vidal 5 (2 pens), Giovinco 4, Pirlo 3, Asamoah 2, Pogba 2, Vučinić 2 (1 pen), Cáceres 1, Giaccherini 1, Lichtsteiner 1, Marchisio 1, Matri 1. Total 29.
|Serie A top five|
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Referee Cüneyt Çakır, his two assistant referees and two additional assistants are all from Turkey. Chelsea fans will have fond memories of two games he handled: the 4-1 beating of Spartak Moscow in 2010 and especially the epic 2-2 draw away to Barcelona last season.
His sole Juventus game before tonight was a 2-1 Europa League qualifier win in August 2010.
Juventus manager Antonio Conte is currently banned over alleged match-fixing violations.
There are no other suspensions.
Champions League bookings list
Players receive a one-match suspension for collecting three and five yellow cards
Juventus (7): Chiellini 2, Marchisio 2, Lichtsteiner 1, Pogba 1, Vidal 1.
Chelsea (4): D Luiz 2, Cole 1, Ramires 1
The Blues will now need to keep one eye firmly on the result in Donetsk when we take on Nordsjaelland in the final group game, having been well beaten in Italy.
The manner of the first two Juventus goals may have been a little unfortunate, Petr Cech twice beaten by a deflection, once in each half, but after Eden Hazard had not taken an early chance when the game was scoreless, Chelsea never truly came close to scoring again.
The Italian champions had been denied by a very good Cech save early on and although they worked our keeper less as the game wore on, they were able to exploit space as we chased the game and finished it off with a third goal just before the final whistle.
Roberto Di Matteo sprung another surprise by naming Cesar Azpilicueta on the right of midfield, playing in front of the returning Branislav Ivanovic. Ashley Cole was also back, to play the 100th European game of his career, 99 of them in the Champions League. Juan Mata and Oscar, who started on the bench for the West Brom game were both back in the starting line-up and rotated position with Hazard during the match.
Juventus were able field Mirko Vucinic up front after an illness scare and paired him with Fabio Quagliarella who came off the bench to score at the Bridge.
On what was always likely to be a night when the Blues' defensive resolve would be tested, there was concern as early as the second minute when an Ivanovic slip allowed Asamoah to put a cross in which Cole initially kicked skywards but Cech eventually caught. Then a couple of minutes later came a genuine scare when a ball was chipped over to the left of our six-yard box and Lichtensteiner met it, only for Cech to push it onto the post. A fine piece of goalkeeping at such an early stage in the game.
Chelsea were under pressure but on eight minutes it was our turn to go very close to scoring. It was Oscar who broke shackles, embarking on a fine run through the middle and finding his way past two Juventus men before drawing the last defender and playing the perfect pass out to Hazard. The Belgian's shot was on target but Buffon, as he has done on so many occasions, came to the Italians rescue. He diverted the ball into the sidenetting with his knee. Chelsea wouldn't come as close to scoring again in the opening period.
Juventus came back strongly and forced three corners in quick succession, the third leading to a Marchisio shot that was heading just inside the post until Cech saved one-handed.
The Serie A side kept peppering the Chelsea goal with shots but nothing to test Cech on this form. Midway through the half, Ivanovic was judged to have fouled Vidal just outside the penalty area, a touch harshly, but Pirlo's free-kick disappointed the Juventus tifosi in the Curva Sud behind the goal. Cech again saved.
Chelsea did mount an attack just before the half-hour, aided by good hold-up play from Hazard and then a mistake from PIrlo but Ramires's shot was always bending high and wide.
There was a tremendous tackle from Cole soon after to dispossess the rapid Quagiarella who looked to be escaping David Luiz and heading for goal, before Hazard twisted onto his right foot inside the Juve area but had a shot charged down.
The deadlock was finally broken on 37 minutes and when it came it was unlucky for Chelsea, Quagliarella's speculative shot taking deflection before beating Cech. It needed something like that to get the better of our keeper in this form.
Suddenly there was much happening at both ends. Cole cleared off the Chelsea line after Juventus had bundled the ball goalwards inside a crowded six-yard box, and then we countered, only for Mata to make a poor connection as he stretched to meet Azpilicueta's cross.
Five minutes before the break Bonucci became the game's first booked player for sticking out a leg to impede Hazard just inside the Juve half.
Further Chelsea efforts to score were more in hope than expectation and the home side took a lead into the dressing room they deserved on balance of play, even if their own chances had been infrequent.
Juventus were convinced they should have had a penalty four minutes into the half when an incisive move ended with Vucinic turning inside Cahill but the ref decided an arm briefly across the centre-forward's stomach was not enough for a foul.
The Blues went straight up the other end and Mata was chopped down inside the 'D' in front of the penalty area. Unfortunately when he picked himself up and took the free-kick, he could do no more than plant it into the wall.
Cech was again extended on 57 minutes to push a 20-yard shot wide and then he did well to keep Quagliarella out wide after Juve had beaten the offside flag.
Azpilicueta had done a good job of harassing the Juventus left flank but with Chelsea in desperate need of some scoring chances, Di Matteo decided on 59 minutes it was time to replace him with Victor Moses.
Before the Nigerian could have any impact on the game however, Juventus made it 2-0. Having worked space on our right, Asamoah, away from Ivanovic, was able to pick out Vidal on the edge of the area. Cech may well have dealt with the shot but this time Ramires was the unlucky player deflecting it in.
It was hard to see how we were going to come back from this, a point emphasised when Buffon claimed a corner in commanding fashion.
Torres was introduced for the final 20 minutes, Mikel the man taken off and Oscar asked to play deeper.
Vucinic had the chance to totally kill the game but missed a sitter.
Moses was then found inside the Juve penalty area by Hazard and managed to get a shot in but Barzaghi was in position to block. David Luiz then tried from distance but cleared the bar. Ramires also picked up a booking.
There were just 10 minutes left to somehow find two goals. Torres showed vision to find Oscar in space but the chance to shoot disappeared as the Brazilian got his feet tangled, but the final punch was landed by Juve substitute Giovinco. He ran through onside after an counter-attack cut us open and with Cech doing all he could do in charging out of his goal, the ball was slipped past him to make it 3-0.
We now need to win our final game and hope Shakhtar Donetsk, who have now qualified, beat Juventus when the Italians travel to Ukraine.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech (c); Ivanovic, Cahill, David Luiz, Cole; Mikel (Torres 70), Ramires; Azpilicueta (Moses 59), Oscar, Mata; Hazard.
Unused subs Turnbull, Bertrand, Romeu, Marin, Piazon.
Booked Ramires 75.
Juventus (3-5-2): Buffon (c); Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner (Caceres 67), Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah; Quagliarella (Pogba 89), Vucinic (Giovinco 82).
Unused subs Storari, Pepe, Giaccherini, Matri.
Scorers Quagliarella 37. Vidal 61, Giovinco 90.
Booked Bonucci 41, Marchisio 84, Giovinco 90+1
Referee Cüneyt Çakır from Turkey.