Chelsea, with Ziyech in blue, dries Juventus

Chelsea player Hakim Ziyech in a fight for the ball with Arthur Melo, midfielder of Juventus. Chelsea defeated the Italian club 4-0. Ziyech led in the first goal for the London club with a corner kick.Image AP

Earlier in the group stage, the Old Lady had given the European champion a surprising 1-0 defeat. It was clear from the first whistle that Chelsea were out for revenge. It was stormy on the goal of Juventus. In this revenge exercise, manager Thomas Tuchel had a starting spot reserved by Ziyech, who had a good substitute against Leicester City last Saturday.

The Dutch Moroccan initially played hit and miss, drawing the wrath of his coach with imprecise passes. But his turning corners were life-threatening, as was the one in the 25th minute from which Trevoh Chabolah scored the 1-0, a goal that seemed to precede a handball from Antonio Rüdiger. It was the first European goal for the 22-year-old refugee from Sierra Leone.

Shortly after the opening goal, the visitors got their first, and also the last, finished chance. Former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata seemed to complete a beautiful through ball from Manuel Locatelli, but the bow ball that the keeper had already beaten was brilliantly removed from the goal line by veteran Thiago Silva. The 37-year-old Brazilian gave a masterclass in defense for an hour and a half.

On the other hand, De Ligt and his colleagues were put to the test by an eager Chelsea, who played without the stars Romelu Lukaku and Kai Havertz. Ten minutes after the break, two goals were scored by The Blues, again from homegrown players: Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi. After that, Chelsea slowed down a bit, perhaps because Manchester United are visiting on Sunday.

Ziyech got better and better in the game. During one of his fast dribbles, he was caught hard by De Ligt. The thin left leg, which has been having some pain in his shoulder for months, remained lying down for a long time. However, after treatment he was able to continue. Four minutes before the end, on a pass from substitute Timo Werner, he made it 4-0 for the shot, but his shot lacked conviction. Moments later, the roles were reversed. Werner did score.

Both Chelsea and Juventus hibernate.

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