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Chelsea heavily invested in new talent this summer and sold some of their older players to radically change the complexion of the side moving forward.
There is still an enormous amount of experience in the side though, with Petr Cech, Ashley Cole, John Terry, Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel racking up 1971 appearances for the Blues in their careers, which will help the new players to adjust quickly to their new surroundings.
The new recruits—Eden Hazard, Victor Moses, Cesar Azpilicueta, Marko Marin and Oscar—have ensured the average age of the side has been significantly lowered, meaning the Blues are better prepared to adopt their newfound style. Central to the change is a high tempo that demands the players possess high athleticism and pace, something which the youth tend to possess more than the seasoned veterans.
Juventus also contain several greats of the modern game—Lucio, Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon possess 318 international caps alone—but like Chelsea have mixture of youth and dynamism to complement these experienced professionals, which has ultimately blessed Juve with a formidable squad.
Kwadwo Asamoah, Arturo Vidal and Stephan Lichtsteiner all represent the modern footballer, with terrific engines and capable of covering enormous distances. Moreover there is an ever more confident Leonardo Bonucci, an excellent ball-playing defender, and Sebastian Giovinco, who is capable of eluding the best defenders around with his clever movement between the lines.
In essence, Juve contain such a plethora of options that they will not be intimidated by the obstacle of the European champions, knowing they can hurt the Blues in a multitude of ways.
With world-class talent in every department, these teams are bound to throw up numerous one-on-one battles all over the pitch, which will be just a component of an inevitably engrossing encounter.