Juventus relinquished top spot in Group H as they were beaten 4-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
The Bianconeri had enjoyed a perfect start to their Champions League campaign, winning their opening four fixtures, but the heavy defeat in west London leaves Chelsea with a superior head-to-head record (on goal difference) over Juventus, meaning the Blues now hold the advantage in the group.
Tuesday night’s contest was one Juventus were never in, although they were just a goal behind at the break. Trevoh Chalobah opened the scoring from the hosts.
Thomas Tuchel’s side turned on the style against an unimaginative and vulnerable Bianconeri in the second half and two quick goals from Cobham graduates Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi put the game beyond the pitiful visitors.
The game meandered for the final 30 minutes before Timo Werner, on his return to action, added to Juve’s misery by scoring a fourth in added time.
Here are the Juventus player ratings from their European humbling at the hands of the Premier League leaders.
Goalkeeper & Defenders
Wojciech Szczesny (GK) – 6.5/10 – We knew Tek was going to be a busy man in west London, and he tried his utmost to keep Juventus in the contest. He saved brilliantly from James on one occasion and smartly on another. There was little he could do from three strikes flying beyond him and he denied Hakim Ziyech superbly late on.
Juan Cuadrado (RB) – 3/10 – An ugly outing for Cuadrado. The Colombian was sold down a river by Hudson-Odoi all night, with his lack of basic defensive fundamentals apparent against the exciting English wide man. Can Mattia De Sciglio hurry up and be fit again, please?
Leonardo Bonucci (CB) – 4/10 – I mean, there were a couple of penetrative vertical passes in the opening period to help Juve escape Chelsea’s press, but that was about it. He was responsible for giving away the corner that led to Chelsea’s opener in what was a difficult night for the veteran Italian.
Matthijs de Ligt (CB) – 4/10 – His panicked clearance in the opening exchanges set the tone for Juventus. It was an off night for De Ligt, who was erratic with the ball and bullied by Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the immediate build-up to Chelsea’s third.
Alex Sandro (LB) – 2.5/10 – My word. Alex Sandro produced a performance that’ll undoubtedly have Luca Pellegrini smiling. The Brazilian was woeful, totally outmatched by the superb Reece James down Chelsea’s right. His work, or lack of, for James’ goal left plenty to be desired. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him dropped for Saturday.