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Chelsea thrash Juve 4-0 to reach Champions League last 16

LONDON, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Chelsea claimed a thumping 4-0 victory over Juventus thanks to targets from home-grown trio Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi and a fourth by Timo Werner to high Champions League Group H and cruise into the knockout stage.

European champions Chelsea took management from the outset and by no means relaxed as they booked their place within the last 16.

Defender Chalobah, 22, smacked the ball into the web previous the flailing arms of Wojciech Szczesny within the twenty fifth minute after centre again Toni Rudiger set him up from a Hakim Ziyech nook.

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A VAR verify dismissed requires handball in opposition to Rudiger when replays confirmed the ball hit his hand in entrance of his chest.

James, 21, confirmed excellent approach to angle a shot into the left hand nook of the aim within the fifty fifth and barely three minutes later 21-year-old Hudson-Odoi scored from a layoff by one other Academy graduate Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Juventus had already certified for the knockout stage however the end result dropped them to second place within the group, degree with Chelsea on 12 factors, with one spherical of fixtures to play.

Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel was stuffed with reward for his younger scorers.

“It’s their biggest dream to perform at Stamford Bridge, to perform in blue, to be part of a strong Chelsea team,” the German stated. “I strongly believe this is a huge part of the success that we have this mix.”

Werner put the icing on the cake earlier than the ultimate whistle by sending the ball dwelling from a Ziyech cross.

Chelsea, overwhelmed 1-0 in Turin in September, made the Italians look atypical, working them ragged with intricate passing actions and producing 20 pictures on aim to Juve’s eight.

Former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata had the guests’ greatest probability when he chipped the ball over advancing Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy within the twenty eighth minute, however 37-year-old defender Thiago Silva raced again to beautifully hook the ball off the road.

Mendy pulled off a save of his personal late within the second half, tipping the ball over the bar from a Weston McKennie shot.

Szczesny saved Juventus from utter humiliation with a collection of effective stops, pushing the ball around the publish from efforts by Hudson-Odoi and James in addition to maintaining out Ziyech and Ben Chilwell.

The one draw back for the hosts was an damage to wing-back Chilwell, who appeared to twist his knee and was helped off the pitch.

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Reporting by Clare Lovell; Editing by Ken Ferris

Soccer Football - Champions League - Group H - Chelsea v Juventus - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - November 23, 2021 Chelsea's Timo Werner celebrates scoring their fourth goal with teammates REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Soccer Football - Champions League - Group H - Chelsea v Juventus - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - November 23, 2021 Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger celebrates after the match REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Soccer Football - Champions League - Group H - Chelsea v Juventus - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - November 23, 2021 Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci looks dejected after Chelsea's Timo Werner scores their fourth goal REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

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