Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel provided updates on Ben Chilwell and N’Golo Kante after both players picked up injuries against Juventus. The Blues put on a stellar performance at Stamford Bridge, blowing away the visitors in a 4-0 thrashing to secure Champions League knockout qualification.
On a night when Chelsea played scintillating football, Trevoh Chalobah opened the scoring before the break.
Tuchel’s side never looked like relinquishing their lead, and Reece James’ fine goal-scoring form continued with a spectacular half-volley in the second half.
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner finally got in on the action, sending Juventus back to Turin with tails between their legs after a humbling ordeal.
It was not all smooth sailing for the Blues though, as Chilwell and Kante both had to be hauled off with injuries during the match.
That has made them tough to beat so far this season, and they top the Premier League having lost just once so far.
Victory over Juve also ensured their place in the Champions League knockout rounds, joining Manchester United who achieved the same feat by beating Villarreal earlier on Tuesday evening.
With the Blues enjoying significant momentum, they will carry a fear factor into Sunday’s tie with the Red Devils, where Michael Carrick may take charge of his second match as caretaker.
Putting on a show without key players Kante and Chilwell may be trickier than usual, but Tuchel was still satisfied with his team’s electric display against Juventus.
“Very good performance,” he said.
“We wanted to stay patient, we did not want to fall asleep, it was a challenge to have both things. I have to say, the team did very well.
“It’s so tough to create chances and we created so much. Full credit, fantastic result.
“We were sharper, we were more determined, we took more risk in areas where it’s necessary to take risks. That increased the intensity and we lacked that in Turin.”