Juventus were never really in the game at Stamford Bridge and drop to second in their Champions League group, as Jorginho’s Chelsea dominated 4-0.
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The Bianconeri were already qualified for the knockouts and needed only a draw to be guaranteed top spot in the group, having beaten the reigning Champions of Europe 1-0 in Turin through a Federico Chiesa strike.
Both sides had numerous injuries to deal with, missing Giorgio Chiellini, Danilo, Mattia De Sciglio, Aaron Ramsey and Federico Bernardeschi, with Paulo Dybala and Dejan Kulusevski not fully fit. The hosts were without Mateo Kovacic, while Timo Werner and ex-Inter striker Romelu Lukaku were only fit for the bench.
N’Golo Kante caused chaos in the opening minutes with his run down the right, Juve scrambling clear after a couple of mis-kicks, while Reece James tried to surprise Wojciech Szczesny from a free kick.
The deadlock was broken when a set play was flicked onto the arm of Antonio Rudiger by Adrien Rabiot, falling kindly for Trevor Chalobah to blast into the roof of the net. VAR did not disallow the goal, because the rules have changed this season, so it was considered unintentional handball.
Moments later it was almost 1-1, Alvaro Morata flicking it over the on-rushing Mendy and denied only by a spectacular Thiago Silva goal-line clearance.
Wojciech Szczesny got down to fingertip a James angled drive round the far post and Chelsea lost Kante to injury, but continued to push, Leonardo Bonucci with a key block after Jorginho’s dinked pass had sent Callum Hudson-Odoi clear.
Juve also threatened, Rodrigo Bentancur firing off target from the edge of the box, but Chelsea continued to dominate and deservedly doubled their lead.
Reece James chested down a deflected Ben Chilwell cross and hit a rocket of an angled drive across Szczesny into the far bottom corner.
Within moments it was 3-0, Juve giving it away cheaply again to spark a quick passing move, Hudson-Odoi firing in from six yards at the back post. It was the first time since a 4-1 defeat to Fulham in March 2010 that Juventus conceded at least three goals against an English team in Europe.
Chilwell was stretchered off with an apparent knee sprain and Mendy’s first genuine save of the game was on 83 minutes, fingertipping the Weston McKennie half-volley over the bar.
Szczesny kept the scoreline down with a low save on Hakim Ziyech, but could do nothing when McKennie gave it away with a fresh-air clearance, so Ziyech whipped his assist across the face of goal for substitute Timo Werner.
Chelsea 4-0 Juventus
Chalobah 25 (C), James 56 (C), Hudson-Odoi 58 (C), Werner 95 (C)