Jorginho previews Chelsea's Champions League trip to Juventus
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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel should be concerned going into tonight’s Champions League clash against Juventus without the services of N’Golo Kante. The France international has been ruled out of the contest through illness.
One glaring stat will likely be in Tuchel’s mind tonight as Chelsea take on Juventus in the Champions League.
This will be the Blues’ toughest test in their group stage as they face the Serie A giants in Turin.
But they will have to do so without the services of one of their most important players with Kante ruled out through a positive coronavirus test.
It has been a stop-start campaign for the Frenchman so far, who has had growing injury troubles over the past year as well.
However, the former Leicester man’s significance to this Chelsea side cannot be understated and was one of, if not, the most integral parts of their Champions League-winning set-up last season.
In particular, in the final against Manchester City, the midfielder was an absolute joy to watch as he was awarded the man of the match.
“But we just try to keep pushing and work harder. Of course it’s very difficult with all these games in a short period of time.”
He had a passing accuracy of 85 per cent, had 53 touches and amazingly won four aerials despite his diminutive height.
But one stat that Tuchel will miss the most is his ball recoveries, which he won 10 of against City in the final – more than anyone else.
Kane has an exceptional ability to win the ball back and keep the pressure of Chelsea’s defence and goalkeeper and that was prevalent in Porto in last season’s final.
That will be sorely missed against Juventus, who are known for their possession football – though they have had a scrappy start to the campaign.
Meanwhile, Jorginho has explained how the loss to City at the weekend cannot be in their minds tonight.
He said: “Tactically they are really strong, they know how to defend the box. They are really organised.
“Juventus is a big club and they’ve been there for many years. We need to try and break them by speed, energy. We respect them, but we will try.
“We were a bit passive, everyone against Manchester City. They were pressing very well and did a great job. We need to learn from that and try to make it better next time.
“Maybe we didn’t have the best choice. The pressure was very high, and they were pressing very well. We couldn’t find the space between the lines, trying to get out of the press.
“Maybe we were running a lot behind the ball and couldn’t think to get out of that pressure. Maybe we didn’t get the best choice.
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