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Chelsea change style, Di Matteo accepts blame for Juventus defeat
Juventus 3-0 Chelsea
Much of the pre-match hype surrounded a possible change in tact from Chelsea. Defensive consistency was the underlying suggestion following a Premier League slump in form.
Fernando Torres was dropped in favour of Eden Hazard as a false-nine. Chelsea’s only fit striker, Torres, was left on the bench. Roberto Di Matteo was quick to blame himself for the lacklustre result: ”If anyone has to take blame, it’s me. I selected a team I was convinced would win or at least draw,”
Chelsea were left to rue their early misses – but still only managed to force Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon into two saves – and were made to pay for defensive errors again.
Juventus assistant coach Angelo Alessio was pleased that Chelsea decided to ditch the traditional striker: ”probably we had a little advantage, playing a Chelsea team without a real striker”
Chelsea’s defensive frailities were exposed by two deflected goals and a break-away finish in the dying minutes. The Champions of Europe are on the verge of crashing out of the Champions League – would become the first defending champions to do so.