22 November 2021, 09:01 | 28 August 2021, 13:29
The top two in Group H meet for the most anticipated fixture of UEFA Champions League Matchday 5 as Chelsea takes on Juventus, aiming for three points in order to seal a last-16 berth. This highly-anticipated encounter is slated for 21:00 (GMT+1) on Tuesday, November 23, at Stamford Bridge. Referee Srdjan Jovanović (SRB) will be in charge, alongside the assistant referees, Uroš Stojković (SRB) and Milan Mihajlović (SRB). The fourth official, Novak Simović (SRB), will be on the sidelines while Alejandro Hernández (ESP) will be the Video Assistant Referee.
Preview Chelsea Champions League, Nov 23, 2021
Preview Chelsea are back on European soil following their comfortable 3-0 win over Leicester City in the Premier League at the weekend. The blue patch of domestic dominance leaves Chelsea unbeaten in five games: WWWDW. The club also remains unbeaten in five games across all competitions: DWWDW. On UCL Matchday 4, the Blues defeated Malmö FF by a lone goal to remain within touching distance of the last-16 and possibly a first-place finish in Group H. The Blues are in 2nd place while having 9 points, three points adrift of the Old Lady. Having lost in the reverse fixture against Juventus (0-1), Tuchel will be on the hunt for a pound of flesh come Tuesday at the Bridge. Thankfully, the numbers are looking good enough ahead of this duel of ninety minutes. Chelsea have won 12 of their last 19 games this season across all competitions (12W, 5D, & 2L). In addition, the Pensioners have kept six clean sheets in their last eight games and are yet to concede more than one goal in a match in 2021/22. The 3—4—2—1 formation with Kai Havertz in attack is expected on Tuesday once again. Despite the knock and a forced replacement in the game against Leicester City, Jorginho remains available for this game. Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku (ankle injury) remains doubtful. Mateo Kovacic (hamstring) could also be missing for this fixture, along with Thiago Silva (undisclosed personal reasons).
Preview Juventus Champions League, Nov 23, 2021
Preview Juventus leads the table with 12 points after four wins in four UCL matches: 4W, 0D, & 0L. The Old Lady returns after a 2-0 victory over Lazio on the home front at the weekend, leaving them with three consecutive victories in five games across all competitions: LLWWW. Following a 4-2 win over Zenit on UCL MD4, the Old Lady anchored safely in the knock-out round and now has her sights set on finishing first in Group H. Avoiding defeat against Chelsea on Tuesday will see them achieve that feat. A 4—4—2 formation with Morata and Chiesa is expected for this game against the Blues. Giorgio Chiellini (Achilles tendon) is ruled out along with Bernardeschi, while Dybala (muscle injury) remains in doubt.