Juventus v Chelsea key battles

07:57 20 November 2012

Juventus

Juventus' Andrea Pirlo. Photo credit: Nigel French/EMPICS

EMPICS Sport

Chelsea face another game that could make or break their Champions League season tonight when they take on Juventus in Turin.

Here, London24 Sport looks at the likely key battles:

GEORGIO CHIELLINI v JUAN MATA

Chiellini is one of the most highly-rated defenders around, playing a crucial role in Juventus’ ‘Invincibles’ season and Italy’s run to the European Championship final. He will know keeping Mata quiet could be the key to stopping Chelsea, with the Champions League holders heavily reliant on the Spain star’s creativity.

ANDREA PIRLO v OSCAR

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo conjured up one of the tactical masterstrokes of the season in the reverse fixture when he handed Oscar his full debut - and Champions League bow - and pitted him against one of the finest midfielders of the modern age. The Brazilian may need a similar show-stopping performance in attack and defence tonight.

FABIO QUAGLIARELLA v DAVID LUIZ

Quagliarella came off the bench to snatch a draw at Stamford Bridge and he has been getting more opportunities to start since. He scored his first professional hat-trick just over a week ago, although he remains inconsistent. Since joining Chelsea, Luiz has started every one of their Champions League games when available but the erratic Brazilian could have easily found himself dropped against Juve had John Terry been fit.

Related articles

Live Blog Transfer Window Live - August 29

 

Latest Stories

Yesterday, 17:21
Tony Charlery, who police believe was stabbed in the neck in Notting Hill on Friday night (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

A murder investigation has been launched after a granddad was fatally stabbed in the neck after he left a bar in Notting Hill on Friday night.

Read more
Friday, August 29, 2014
In order to get your hands on the free crisps, you'll have to tweet a special code and contend with an animated Gary Lineker (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for Walkers)

Londoners are set to get free crisps at three bus stops for the next two weeks!

Read more
Friday, August 29, 2014
Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

Read more

Promotions

Advanced running and training technology for beginners up to elite athletes

If you’re thinking of adding running treadmill to your fitness routine, you’re on the right track! There are several advantages to running on a treadmill versus running outdoors.

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the ZOE was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

Match reports

TOP STORIES

Chelsea Transfer News

Quizzes

Guess the managers quiz

The managerial merry-go-round spins quickly these days so do you think you’ve got the knowledge to recognise the faces of all these football bosses?

Read more
Croatia's Daniel Prajnic, France's Paul Pogba and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo... three hair-raising World Cup stars (Picture: Archant/Getty)

The World Cup is a showcase of fantastic football... and terrible hairstyles. Try this quiz and test your knowledge of the wackiest barnets in Brazil.

Read more
World Cup countries quiz

It's about time you refreshed your brains about the countries competing in Brazil.

Read more
Which London club play their home games at this stadium...? (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Do you fancy yourself as a football ground buff? Test your stadium knowledge with this brilliant quiz.

Read more