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Chelsea Football Club (the Quest To Defend Their Title Begins At Home To Juventus)
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Chelsea Football Club (the Quest to Defend their Title Begins at Home to Juventus)

On Wednesday 19th of September Chelsea will start their defence of the Champions League trophy they won last season. The first game is against Juventus at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea took Europe by surprise last season defying all odds to emerge as champions, beating world class teams like Barcelona and Bayern Munich on their way to lifting the trophy.

After the draws for this year’s champion’s league, Chelsea ended up in group E were they will face the likes of Juventus, Shaktar Donetsk, and Nordsjaelland of Denmark.

On paper, Juventus and Chelsea are expected to qualify from this group even though they face tricky clashes against the other two teams in the group. The significance of this game is also the fact that it could end up deciding which team will top this group, both teams are fully aware they could end up facing a top class team in the next round, if they end up in the second position.

Juventus and Chelsea don’t often encounter each other in the Champions league; in fact the two teams have only played each other twice with Chelsea having the better record, after both games. In their first meeting at Stamford Bridge, Didier Drogba's lone strike proved to be the difference. In the return leg Chelsea was able to force Juventus to a 2 all draw, in a game that saw Jaquinta and Del Piero scoring for Juventus while Essien and Drogba were in the score sheet for Chelsea,.

Juventus, which is the current Seria A champions won the Scudetto unbeaten last season and are unbeaten in their last 42 Serie A matches. They can boast of some world class players who can make the difference in big games. They parade Gianluigi Buffon who arguably is the best goalkeeper in the world, Andréa Pirlo a player with vast experience who was spectacular to watch in this summer Europe championship. Pirlo is definitive a player Chelsea must watch out for. They also have an young upcoming talent like Giovinco and also a defence that features the ageless Lucio and Italian international Giorgio Chiellini.

Chelsea which currently is on top of the Barclay English premier League are familiar with big games like this, over the years in Europe they have encountered teams that boast of the best footballers on earth. Chelsea summer signings points to the fact that the future was considered when they signed young talents like Oscar, Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and a host of other promising players. Chelsea are not short of experience as they parade some of Europe and worlds most experienced players such as John terry, Frank Lampard, Petre Cech and arguably the world best left back Ashley Cole.

So in summary it is expected to be a balanced game with both sides going all out for victory. Juventus in the past have lost their last six Champions League away games in England and Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 26 Champions’ League group stage games at home. Last season saw Chelsea winning all six of their games at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League, scoring 17 goals and conceding just two goals.

My prediction for the game is Chelsea 2 vs Juventus 1, what is your prediction?


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Dom Wells  

2 : 1 to chelsea suits me! it will be a tough match though and you are right about it possibly deciding who tops the group. Hoping for a good result for Chelsea

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