UEFA Champions League: Rating the Chelsea Players Against Juventus

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UEFA Champions League: Rating the Chelsea Players Against Juventus
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So I guess we’re all pretty big Shakhtar Donetsk fans right about now.

After Tuesday’s extremely disappointing 3-0 loss to Juventus in Turin, Chelsea needs to hope for Shakhtar to defeat the Old Lady in Donetsk on December 5 to avoid becoming the first Champions League club in history to fail to reach the knockout stage the following year.

Few Blues played up to par in the group stage loss and manager Roberto Di Matteo employed a quirky 5-2-3 tactical formation with Juan Mata serving as the striker in place of Fernando Torres in a lost effort to focus on defense and seemingly play for the draw in Italy.

Although Chelsea are still the defending European champions and will be so until May, unless Shakhtar—who won 5-2 at FC Nordsjælland to move to the top of Group E and qualify for the round of 16—can beat Juventus in two weeks the Blues will be playing on Thursdays in the Europa League.

With so much blame to go around, let’s get right to it.

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