Juventus is falling miserably
Former BVB star gives the Chelsea atmosphere that Tuchel plays
03/16/2022 10:56 PM
Chelsea dominate the headlines. Not for sporting reasons, but because of the owner who is still Roman Abramovich. Tuchel’s side was unimpressed by this in Lille and confidently reached the Champions League quarter-finals. For Juventus, it ends in disaster.
Lille OSC 1-2 Chelsea (1-1)
Defending champions FC Chelsea have confidently reached the Champions League quarter-finals despite the hype surrounding club owner Roman Abramovich. Team manager Thomas Tuchel’s side routinely won 2-1 (1-1) against French representative OSC Lille. The draw for the quarter-finals will take place on Friday (12 noon / DAZN).
Former Dortmund player Christian Pulisic (45+3) has calmed the minds of the Londoners who won the first leg 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. Cesar Azpilicueta (71) explained it all. Turkey international striker Burak Yilmaz (38 penalty kick) put Lille in the lead at the start. The French also missed the quarter-finals in their seventh participation in the first division.
Tuchel tried to make headlines about the Abramovich oligarch, who had been heavily sanctioned by Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, and an extraordinary need for economy with a sense of humor: “If I had to drive a seven-seater, I’d do it. Do it.” Meanwhile, in the background, consortia are already forming to acquire the multi-billion dollar blues.
The three German internationals played their usual roles at Chelsea: Kai Havertz as a striker, Antonio Rudiger in the center of defence, and Timo Werner on the reserve bench.
Chelsea initially relied on controlling the match, but a handball into their team’s penalty area by Italian European champions Jorginho and a converted Yilmaz penalty suddenly created tension. Shortly before the two teams changed hands, Chelsea reunited for the first time quickly and well worth watching across several stops, Pulisic equalizing from an acute angle with the Blues’ first shot on target.
After the break, Lille threw everything forward and had good chances, so Xeka hit the post (63). However, Chelsea scored the goal through long-time favorite Azpilicueta, who fired in Mason Mount’s pass.
Juventus – Villarreal 0:3 (0:0)
After collapsing in the final stage, Italian champions Juventus Turin were knocked out in the Champions League round of 16 for the third time in a row. In the second leg, the favourites had a solid 0:3 (0:0) lead at home against FC Villarreal and had to bury their dream of the big title again early on.
Gerard Moreno confirmed with a penalty kick after video evidence (78), Pau Torres (85) and Arnot Danjuma (90 + 2 / penalty kick) that the Spaniards are among the top eight in the First Division for the first time since 2008/09.
Three weeks after a 1-1 draw in Spain, Juventus got off to a stormy start and had their first big match chance: Jeronimo Rulli saved with a header from Alvaro Morata (11). Ten minutes later, Villarreal goalkeeper saved a shot from 70 million men Dusan Vlahovic (20), and a little later the Serbian put the ball into the crossbar (21).
The Spaniards were only able to free themselves from the middle of the first half and became dangerous, albeit sporadically. Giovanni Lo Celso missed the goal by a narrow margin in the best opportunity so far (22). After the break, Juventus initially failed to pressure the visitors despite their visual superiority. The fourth in the Italian Serie A with the Spanish defense’s teeth receding and behind it out of nowhere.
After an alleged foul by Juventus defender Daniele Rugani on Francis Coquelin, referee Simon Marciniak awarded a penalty and Moreno scored a goal. Torres followed a corner kick and decided to duel. Danjuma put the finishing touches.