Juventus vs. Chelsea: Old Lady Must Rebound from Shutout vs. Lazio

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIINovember 19, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: John Obi Mikel of Chelsea  is tackled by Claudio Marchisio of Juventus  during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Chelsea and Juventus at Stamford Bridge on September 19, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Juventus is looking to stamp its ticket to the next phase of the Champions League, but if the team is to accomplish that goal, it must play better than it did against Lazio

The Old Lady settled for a scoreless draw over the weekend, and that effort just won't do.

Now they have a more formidable opponent in Chelsea, and the match is taking on more of a must-win feel. The defending Serie A champions are again atop the Serie A table with 32 points, but they are one point behind Chelsea in Group E of the Champions League with one match remaining in this phase after the showdown with the Blues.

Juventus has accomplished only one win in four Champions League matches. The team hasn't dropped a match, but three draws have left the Bianconeri behind their opponents ahead of Tuesday's game.

Chelsea hasn't exactly been on a hot streak, either.

The Blues are coming off a 2-1 defeat at the hands of West Brom. They squandered several opportunities in that match. Despite holding the Baggies to just five shots on goal, they couldn't prevent Peter Odemwingie from tallying the game-winning header.

Even with the loss, the Blues are still in the driver's seat in Group E of the Champions League. They are up by a point and coming off a 3-2 win over Shakhtar Donetsk on November 7.

They played Juventus to a 2-2 draw in September. If they can at least duplicate that effort, they would be in a great position to take Group E.

Their only remaining match in this phase is against a struggling FC Nordsjælland side, who are just 0-1-3 in Champions League play and have been outscored 11-1 in those matches.

This should be an easy three points for Chelsea. If that happens—combined with a win over Juventus on Tuesday—it would make it impossible for Juventus to catch the Blues.

Therefore, the Turin club must take the opportunity to defeat the Blues head to head.

If they can grab a win, the Old Lady would be in control of Group E.


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