Juventus vs Chelsea LIVE: Champions League updates

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Chelsea face Juventus in Champions League Group H looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the Premier League season.

Thomas Tuchel’s side were beaten by Manchester City on Saturday at Stamford Bridge as they slipped from top spot. They began their continental campaign with a hard-fought victory over Zenit St Petersburg but travel to Turin with a depleted squad. N’Golo Kante has tested positive for Covid-19 and is tabsent, while all of Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Reece James have been ruled out due to injury.

Juventus produced a fine performance in Sweden as they beat Malmo in their opening group fixture. Back under the management of Massimiliano Allegri, who guided the club to the final of this competition in 2015 and 2017, it has been a mixed start to the season for Juventus, who lost Cristiano Ronaldo this summer. Known for their defensive solidity and structure in Allegri’s previous spell, recent results suggest this iteration of the Italian giants may be less stodgy – the club has won each of their last two games 3-2.

They will be wary of Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, who has begun the season in strong scoring form after returning to London, and nearly joined Juventus in 2019. Yet the Belgian possesses a curiously poor record against the club: Lukaku has scored just once in six previous appearances against Juventus.

Missing a number of key players, Tuchel will be keen for his star striker to reverse that record in a crucial away encounter. Follow live minute-by-minute action below:

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19 mins: Yellow card for Marcos Alonso. That was absolutely ridiculous from the Chelsea defender. He chases a ball down but Cuadrado sees it out of play professionally. Alonso then proceeds to push the Juventus man’s head down to the floor. Clear booking. He now has to be careful for more than 70 minutes.

Dylan Terry29 September 2021 20:19

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16 mins: That’s loose though! Kovacic plays a woeful crossfield ball which Rabiot intercepts and suddenly Juventus have a two-on-one situation!

Rabiot looks up and spots Bernardeschi striding forward but can only clip it way too far in front of him as Mendy safely gathers.

Dylan Terry29 September 2021 20:17

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15 mins: Nearly 70 per cent possession for the visitors so far. They have utterly bossed the game without creating any real chances.

Dylan Terry29 September 2021 20:16

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14 mins: Little lull in proceedings as Chelsea regroup and reassess this Juventus block in front of them.

Cuadrado, Bernardeschi and Chiesa are rotating positions as they all try their hand at leading the line. None have been successful so far. It looks as though Bernardeschi is playing as the focal point, but their attack looks a little more fluid than Chelsea, who clearly have Lukaku as their main man.

Dylan Terry29 September 2021 20:14

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12 mins: It’s been a superb start from Tuchel’s travelling Chelsea side here. They have pinned Juventus into their own half.

This time it’s an Alonso free-kick that for a moment looks to cause panic in the Juventus area before it floats beyond all the blue shirts and drifts out for a goal kick.

Allegri does not look amused.

Dylan Terry29 September 2021 20:11

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10 mins: Penalty shout? Bernardeschi storms forward for Juventus and goes down under a challenge from Kovacic.

Not for me, Clive. He won the ball.

Dylan Terry29 September 2021 20:09

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8 mins: Really good atmosphere at the start of this one. Juventus should be buoyed by a really electric atmosphere under the lights.

It’s Chelsea who have started the better though. Ziyech finds some space on the left and rakes a decent delivery into the middle which Sandro heads behind for a corner.

Alonso rifles the corner along the floor to an unmarked Lukaku, but the Belgian can only scuff his effort into the arms of Sczesny. Juve looked rattled.

Dylan Terry29 September 2021 20:08

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Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola is in the house this evening.

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Dylan Terry29 September 2021 20:05

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5 mins: First half-chance of the evening falls to Chelsea as the Azpilicueta crosses from the right. The ball is headed away by De Ligt but falls to Kovacic on the edge of the box, only for the Croatian to tamely skew a shot into the arms of Szczesny.

Dylan Terry29 September 2021 20:05

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3 mins: Former Chelsea man Juan Cuadrado wins the first free-kick of the evening as he is brought down in the middle of the park.

Ziyech playing off the left of Lukaku, Havertz off the right for Chelsea. Most of the width coming from the wing-backs though.

Dylan Terry29 September 2021 20:03

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