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Chelsea free full-backs beat Juventus in cheerful Tuchel-ball display

Chelsea have hardly missed their pair of injured strikers over the past month. And even though Werner came off the bench to complete a 4-0 win over Juventus, the victory had already been secured by two of Tuchel’s scoring defenders.

The goals of the remarkable Trevoh Chalobah and Reece James put them on the right track for this famous victory which secured the qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

But Chelsea’s campaign has been defined by their ability to score from anywhere on the pitch.

A total of 16 goals have now been scored by defenders in all competitions – five of them since Lukaku and Werner limped out of last month’s victory over Malmö.

For all of Tuchel’s reputation for building a nasty rearguard, it’s the freedom he gives his defenders that makes Chelsea such a dangerous proposition.

Wingers are in fact wingers – pressing high on the pitch and repeatedly arriving at the far post.

Center-backs, meanwhile, are a constant threat from set pieces, as was highlighted when Chalobah opened the scoring in the first half.

Tuchel may have spent a club-record £ 97.5million on Lukaku this summer to give Chelsea a focal point for their attack – but that’s the sheer number of areas in which they can hurt the opposition that makes it so hard to manage.

Of course, Tuchel will be hopeful that Lukaku will repeat his scoring exploits which led Inter Milan to the Italian title last season. But the fact that Chelsea are leading the way in the Premier League and ranking safe in the last 16 games in Europe, despite the Belgian being out for seven games due to an ankle injury, underlines his strength at depth.

Lukaku was an unused substitute in this game, while Werner came off the bench for his first appearance since recovering from hamstring strain and scored with virtually the last kick.


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