1. Federico Chiesa vs Marcos Alonso
One of the central Juventus figures that Chelsea should fear on Tuesday evening is that of Federico Chiesa. Since moving to Juventus from Fiorentina, the winger has proved to be an outstanding performer for the Bianconeri. In the last meeting between Chelsea and Juventus, the Italian wizard scored the only goal of the game, winning all three points for the Old Lady.
Because of those aforementioned injuries, Juventus are suddenly finding themselves light in defence, possibly eliminating the idea of a three-man backline from Allegri’s men in the upcoming game against Chelsea. It means Federico Chiesa could play that right-midfield role in Allegri’s more familiar 4-4-2 formation, with Juan Cuadrado potentially covering for the injured Danilo.
If that anticipation comes to realisation, Chiesa will be going one-v-one against Marcos Alonso, who is thought to be the preferred option for Tuchel at the left wing-back position on Tuesday. Alonso has played every Champions League game for Chelsea in the 2021/22 campaign, making him a favourite to start over Ben Chilwell on Tuesday.
Alonso is a good crosser of the ball, and that helps Chelsea build their game down the wing more frequently. But defensively, the question mark always hovers over his shoulders. He could find it hard to keep a pacy customer in Chiesa under his control. Yet, that is just speculation. Now, it is Alonso’s turn to prove the doubters wrong.