Juventus v CHELSEA: Champions League Preview

Venue: Juventus Stadium

Date: Tuesday 20 November

Kick-off: 19:45 GMT

 

Here we go again then, just a couple of days to get over the defeat to West Brom in the league and it’s back to the Champions League and a must-win game away at Juventus. No pressure then!

Shakhtar top the group thanks to two away goals at Stamford Bridge and they could definitely progress with a win against Nordsjaelland. If we want to join them in the last 16 though, we’ll need a win tonight – and we’ve only had two of them in our last 7 games.

 

 

MANAGERS’ VIEWS

Whilst the Juventus manager remains firmly rooted to the naughty step, ahead of tonight’s game, assistant manager Angelo Alessio doesn’t believe his opposing manager will bottle it tonight and go all defensive to try and safeguard his job, saying “I don’t think he is actually going to lose his job if they don’t qualify.  He did something extraordinary last season and he is showing it again this year.  We don’t expect a game from a Chelsea side who will not come to attack us.  They have great attackers and I cannot see them playing any other way.”

Di Matteo certainly doesn’t sound as if he’s ready to make his excuses and bow out either, insisting “We are very confident we can have a good game and, hopefully, a good result.  It’s important that we communicate with each other, and the players express themselves. I’ve always encouraged that.   They need to have belief in themselves, and that’s the most important aspect.  We work together and, at the moment, we’re all in it together and believe we have a good group, a good team, and are pulling together.”

 

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Juventus, Mirko Vucinic (flu) is a doubt but unfortunately for us Andrea Pirlo returns from his ban.  Fabio Quagliarella and Sebastian Giovinco could make up the forward line in the Montenegrin’s absence.

For Chelsea, John Terry (knee) and Frank Lampard (calf) remain out although Juan Mata, Oscar, Ramires and Branislav Ivanovic will all return and Ashley Cole (ankle) could also make a return to the starting line-up following his injury.

 

 

TEAMS

CHELSEA (from): Cech, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Bertrand, Mikel, Romeu, Ramires, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Moses, Marin, Piazon, Torres, Sturridge, Turnbull.

 

 

LAST MEETING

Chelsea 2-2 Juventus (19th September 2012)

 

 

PREDICTION

Confident of a win………not!

14 Responses to “Juventus v CHELSEA: Champions League Preview”

  1. Chelsea wins with 2 to 1.

  2. Chelsea’s line up today is Cech-cahil-luiz-azp-ivanovic-mikel-ram-mata-hazard-marine-sturridge…

  3. Only d stupid 1 would sack Di Matteo at this time because he is doing well.Roman should think well and stop sacking coaches.he is fond of it

  4. Forza Juve!

  5. I wreckon di matteo should start with Sturridge. I believe juventus uses 3 at the back. Which is a huge plus. I’m going with an away win.
    2/3-1
    Oscar Sturridge and Ivanovic

  6. Just when I thought the press were done with the coach sacking stories. seems like this is it for Di Matteo should we lose. Get a win Chelsea

  7. rdm out, pep in

  8. It was strange to see that Chelsea parked the bus again tonight, but were thrashed. You need better ‘park the bus’ personnel. I guess you should sack this manager as well, and spend another £300 million on building another team. That should do the trick.

  9. Chelsea need to drop David Luiz from center back and start using him in defensive midfield. Roman abramovic, don’t sack di matteo!

  10. rdm, dead man walking, sriker problems all self inflicted, utd 4 strikers, city 20 strikers, chelsea 2, & not very good ones

  11. the club had no choice but to fire rdm, please dont bang on about , endstability, 8 managers countless trophys, end of.

  12. Not again :( of course I’m disappointed with the run of games we’ve had. But Chelsea really need some stability. Hopefully are next manager can get that. I would love to have mouriniho back.

  13. HAHA, looks like Chelsea took my advice. I’m always available.

  14. who needs stability when chelsea continually win trophys