UCL; Chelsea thrash Juventus to go top of the table, as they cruise into the knockout stages

The Blues comfortably secured their place in the Champions League last 16 thanks to goals from Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner. 

Chalobah opened the scoring with a smart turn and shot from a 25th-minute corner to mark his first start in the competition with a goal. The hosts could have led by more at the interval had they made the most of some good openings but they were also grateful for some excellent defending from Thiago Silva when he brilliantly hooked an Alvaro Morata lob off the line.

Chelsea remained the better side in the second half and deservedly extended their advantage with a quick-fire double blast. First, Reece James rifled a sweet strike beyond Wojciech Szczesny before Callum Hudson-Odoi finished off a wonderful team goal to put the points beyond doubt just prior to the hour. Substitute Timo Werner then added a fourth in stoppage-time to complete the rout.

Injuries to Chilwell and Kante were the only negative on an otherwise fantastic night for Chelsea which included three goals from academy graduates in Chalobah, James and Hudson-Odoi. 

The result sees Thomas Tuchel’s men move above Juventus to the top of Group H on goal difference, with the winner of the pool to be decided on December 8 when Chelsea visit Zenit and the Old Lady host Malmo.

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