Juventus 0-1 Chelsea: Chiesa on target, Injury-plagued Blues crash to an away defeat | UCL 2021-22

Federico Chiesa of Juventus FC
Federico Chiesa of Juventus FC / IMAGO

Chelsea crashed to a 1-0 defeat away from home in the UEFA Champions League against Juventus earlier tonight.

The Italian giants scored in the 46th minute through Federico Chiesa and they managed to hold on to their advantage in the second half.

Here at Anytime football, we look at the three major talking points from tonight’s contest.

Injuries made a big difference for Chelsea

The Blues missed the aggression of N’Golo Kante at the heart of their midfield and the creativity of Mason Mount.

The likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley were given opportunities to showcase their quality, but the substitutes never quite managed to make an impression.

Mount has been the main source of creativity for Chelsea since last season and the Blues struggled to break down a world-class Juventus defence in his absence.

Federico Chiesa is a star in the making

The Italian international has been outstanding since the turn of the year and he helped Italy win the European Championships during the summer he did

The 23-year-old winger has carried that form into his club campaign now and he has been a key player for Max Allegri this season.

Chiesa scored the only goal of the game for Juventus and Chelsea struggled to live with his intelligence and flair.

The Italian has not received the same hype as that of Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe but he’s just as big a talent as anyone else around Europe right now.

Manuel Locatelli is proving to be an inspiring signing

The 23-year-old midfielder had an impressive European championship campaign with his country in the summer and Juventus decided to sign him after that.

Locatelli seems to have hit the ground running at his new club and he was outstanding in his last few matches.

The Italian managed to score at the weekend and he has followed it up with another convincing performance against Chelsea tonight.

Locatelli helped out his side defensively and controlled the tempo of the game from the middle of the park.