Chelsea vs. Juventus: 5 Talking Points from the Blues' 3-0 Defeat
Chelsea have continued their devastating run of form in Italy as goals from Fabio Quagliarella, Arturo Vidal and Sebastian Giovinco put the European Champions dangerously close to Champions League group-stage exit.
The Blues once again put in a disappointing performance and now must rely on Shakhtar to beat the Old Lady in the last group-stage match.
After seeing the London-based outfit humiliated in Europe, let's find out what we learned from the Blues' 3-0 defeat.
Eden Hazard Is Not a False-Nine
Roberto Di Matteo opted to bench Fernando Torres and start Eden Hazard in the false-nine role tonight. Needless to say, the Belgian was anonymous for most of the match.
Even though Hazard might look like a perfect false-nine on the paper with his quick feet, fantastic movement and a tendency to drop deep, the Chelsea No. 17 struggled mightily and ultimately failed to stamp his mark on the game.
Despite playing the full 90 minutes, Hazard never really looked like troubling the Juventus defense. It was obvious he was playing in a completely unfamiliar position.
Chelsea's Backline Struggles Could Cost Them Heavily
Chelsea's horrific defending is slowly starting to affect their game heavily and something needs to be changed.
With John Terry out for at least four weeks, Di Matteo's options in the center of defense are worryingly limited—Gary Cahill and David Luiz are the only center-backs in the team at the moment.
Since the Cahill-Luiz pairing is not working as well as expected, Branislav Ivanovic, a right-back by definition, remains the only option for Di Matteo to try out.
Forget about Falcao, Chelsea need a world-class center-back.
Petr Cech the Most in-Form Goalkeeper at the Moment?
There was only one player in the whole Chelsea squad who deserves to be praised for the tonight's performance. That is, of course, Petr Cech.
His numerous saves kept the game in balance in first half, and in all honesty the Blues' goalkeeper could do little about any of the goals.
As embarrassing the 3-0 defeat might be, it is nothing compared to what could have been, if it weren't for Cech's heroics.
Juventus Have the Potential, Can They Fulfill It?
An all-around team performance from Juventus showed us just how good they can be.
Even without their manager (Antonio Conte is still banned), the Italian outfit managed to completely outplay and humiliate the European Champions as Chelsea rarely looked to trouble the Juventus back-line.
Juventus are now just a step away from securing knock-out stage qualification—the Italians now need only one point from their last group-stage match against Shakhtar.
The potential is obviously there, but can they fulfill it?
Roberto Di Matteo's Future Hangs in the Balance
In a matter of weeks, Chelsea have fallen four points behind league leaders Manchester City, and could now also get knocked out of Champions League.
It appears Di Matteo has run out of ideas—the Blues' record in their last five outings now reads L, L, D, W, D.
With his failure to successfully integrate Torres in his team and the team's poor performances taken into account, there is little reason to believe that he will be managing Chelsea for much longer.
Roman Abramovich's impatience and hunger for immediate success is well known—four managers have already been sacked since 2008.
How much longer will Abramovich tolerate Di Matteo's failures?