Everyone mocked me when I said Chelsea would struggle to make it past the Group Stage even before the groups were drawn. Look at me now
It's not surprising at all really. They're way too open and good teams are always gonna exploit that, especially European teams who are comfortable passing the ball around. Should have been more than 3 if it wasn't for Cech having a good game and Juve's constant poor finishing. It's all well and good having all that talent going forward but it means fuck all the opposition has all the possession and can get through your midfield with such ease. I'm speaking from bitter experience. They weren't even bad defensively tonight. Cahill and Luiz were solid and Cech was good. Cole didn't have his best game though. It was just far too easy for Juve to play from the back and let Pirlo and Vidal pull the strings in midfield. Like I said at the start of the season, it's all well and good being able to play like that and dominate Wigan but once they start facing opposition who can play like they will in Europe they'll be exploited and they have.
I'd also like to add:
Chelsea cannot press off the ball even if their lives depended on it, well except for Ramires but otherwise almost everyone looked content in chasing shadows.
Talking about average and below average players in our starting 11 tonight? Well here goes the list: Azpi (below average), Cahill, Luiz, Mikel. Those four are painfully average players. Hazard's just ahead of them imo. Don't get me wrong, he's a very talented player but at this point he plays like an average player at best.
The others: Mata, Oscar, Ramires, Ivanovic, Cole and Cech are all above average to excellent players on their day.
Dembele should be on the flight to Rome for Thursday. I think he should be on the bench and come on in the second half and get ready for a start against West Ham, we have missed that beautiful Belgian!