Chelsea have impressively secured a place in the eighth finals of the Champions League. At Stamford Bridge, Juventus, which had already qualified, had nothing to say against the reigning champions: 4-0.
The Londoners, who are at the top of the Premier League, took the lead after half an hour. From a corner by Hakim Ziyech, the ball came through the hand of Antonio Rüdiger at the feet of Trevoh Chalobah, who did not hesitate and scored the 1-0.
The VAR still looked at Rüdiger’s handball, but because referees no longer have to whistle if an unconscious handball indirectly results in a goal, the goal was approved.
Shortly afterwards, Juventus, where Matthijs de Ligt was in the starting lineup, was very close to the equalizer. lvaro Morata got to the ball before Édouard Mendy and tapped the ball past the goalkeeper, but with a heroic intervention Thiago Silva managed to prevent the goal.
It was one of Juventus’ few achievements in the first half and Chelsea were much stronger after the break. Juventus made an uninspired impression and were easily led to the slaughter.
Via Reece James (hard shot) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (beautiful attack), Chelsea ran out to a 3-0 lead after less than an hour of play. After that, Thomas Tuchel’s team slowed down and played the game out professionally. Substitute Timo Werner provided a nice final chord by tapping in an excellent cross from Ziyech.
Juventus and Chelsea are now both on 12 points with one game to go. In the same group, Malmö and Zenit played a draw, securing Zenit the Europa League.