Juventus went into their Matchday 2 fixture against defending champions, Chelsea without two of their most important players. Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata were both ruled out got the visit of the English side due to injuries sustained by both players in the Serie A. Juventus coach, Massimilliano Allegri was forced to improvise and bring in other Bianconeri stars who ended up starring for him.
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Prior to the match, it was confirmed that Argentine forward, Dybala and Spanish striker, Morata would be missing for the Old Lady. This was a double blow for Allegri as both players are two of his most influential players and attackers. Thus, the coach was forced to play with a two-man striker pair of Federico Chiesa and Federico Bernardeschi.
Behind them in a 4-man midfield was Rodrigo Bentacur, Manuel Locatelli, Adrien Rabiot and Juan Cuadrado. Allegri deployed Mathijs de Ligt to partner Leonardo Bonucci in the centre of the defence while Danilo and Alex Sandro took up the full back positions.
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Massimilliano Allegri's changes worked perfectly as the Italian side held the defending champions at bay for a better part of the game. Despite ceding possession to Thomas Tuchel's side (34% to Chelsea's 66%), Juventus were able to keep a clean sheet against a Chelsea attack starring Romelu Lukaku but also missing key players such as Mason Mount and Ngolo Kante.
Allegri's replacements, Federico Chiesa and Federico Bernardeschi proved to be inspired as both Italian nationals combined to give Juventus the lead in the 46th minute through a Chiesa goal. The win takes Juventus top of Group H ahead of Chelsea, Zenit Saint Petersburg and Malmo. Juventus will now face Zenit Saint Petersburg in a doubleheader in October, hoping to book their place in the round of 16 before they visit Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.