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Chelsea vs Juventus - Combined XI | UEFA Champions League 2021-22

Chelsea are trailing Juventus by three points in Group H.
Chelsea are trailing Juventus by three points in Group H.
Sachin Bhat
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Chelsea welcome Juventus to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday for matchday five of the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League. The Blues will hope for revenge after losing 1-0 against the Bianconeri in Turin in September, with qualification for the last 16 almost secured.

They're currently only three points behind the Bianconeri, who've qualified for the Round of 16 with a 100% win record in Group H so far. Although the Serie A giants are already through to the next round, they cannot afford to slip up, as the fight for top spot in the group is still on.

Juventus have never beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, losing and drawing once apiece in their two previous visits to London. Could they get third time lucky?

Srdjan Jovanović from Serbia will referee Chelsea vs Juventus. #CFC #UCL https://t.co/bbvOWRGsuD

Ahead of the mouth-watering kick-off, here's look at how Chelsea and Juventus would stack up in a hypothetical combined XI:


Goalkeeper: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)

Mendy has kept 35 clean sheets in 60 games for Chelsea.
Mendy has kept 35 clean sheets in 60 games for Chelsea.

Chelsea's goalkeeping woes following Thibaut Coutois' departure came at an expensive cost. But with Edouard Mendy now at the helm, those are behind them now.

The Senegalese custodian has been a bang for the buck since arriving from Rennes last year. He has consistently put in top-notch displays for The Blues between the sticks.

Édouard Mendy has now kept more clean sheets in the Premier League this season than any other goalkeeper:▪️ 11 games▪️ 7 clean sheets▪️ 4 goals concededUnbeatable. ⛔️ https://t.co/sYp1DSZ9PJ

In 60 games across competitions, he has kept 35 clean sheets, while conceding only as many goals. That's an impressive record by all measures.

Mendy has also been beaten only once in the UEFA Champions League this season - in the 1-0 loss to Juventus few weeks ago. He will look for redemption on Tuesday.

Centre-back: Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea)

Antonio Rudiger has been flawless for Chelsea this season.
Antonio Rudiger has been flawless for Chelsea this season.

Antonio Rudiger is having a fine campaign. The Chelsea defender has looked solid in defence while laying down a marker with his exceptional passing range.

@muhammadbutt Antonio Rüdiger's game by numbers vs. Leicester:76 touches 8 ball recoveries 5 duels won 5 accurate long balls 3 clearances 2 tackles 1 chance created 1 shot 1 goal 0x dribbled past 50% of his Premier League goals have now come against the foxes. 🦊 https://t.co/vOVl6SBHA8

The German is averaging nearly two tackles per game in the Champions League this season. He scored in the Premier League on Saturday, showing that he is a huge threat from set-pieces too.


Centre-back: Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)

Leonardo Bonucci is the joint top-scorer for Juventus in Serie A this season, with three goals.
Leonardo Bonucci is the joint top-scorer for Juventus in Serie A this season, with three goals.

One of the best centre-backs of his generation, Leonardo Bonucci continues to go strong even at 34. The veteran Juventus centre-back shows immense spirit and determination in every game.

🔎 | FOCUSLeonardo Bonucci's strong display led Juventus to an important 2:0 win against Lazio:👌 68 touches⚽️ 2 goals🥅 3 shots/2 on target🔑 2 key passes🔭 6/8 acc. long balls👟 55/58 acc. passes🚀 4 clearances🚷 0 times drib. past📈 8.7 SofaScore rating#LazioJuve https://t.co/1VMSkhtuC2

A solid tackler with excellent positional sense and aerial prowess, the Euro 2020 winner will look to shut Chelsea out again.


Centre-back: Thiago Silva (Chelsea)

Thiago Silva at 37 is still going strong.
Thiago Silva at 37 is still going strong.

Another veteran defender currently in a rich vein of form is Thiago Silva. The Chelsea man has garnered immense plaudits for another rock-solid display on Saturday.

The grace and effortlessness with which he plays makes it difficult to believe he's 37. Thanks to his recent performances, the Brazilian star is now on the verge of extending his Chelsea contract, which expires next summer.

Right wing-back: Reece James (Chelsea)

Reece James has grown into a world-class full-back this season.
Reece James has grown into a world-class full-back this season.

With four goals and five assists in all competitions, Chelsea's Reece James is having the season of his life. He has made headlines for his world-class displays across competitions.

What a great season Reece James is having. Edit:-@CFCBlogs_ https://t.co/yLEGiG0ElS

The 21-year-old has brought incredible dynamism and creativity to Chelsea's attack. Considering the same, Juventus' shaky defence could have a tough time dealing with his threat.


Defensive Midfielder: Jorginho (Chelsea)

The best holding midfielder?
The best holding midfielder?

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has allayed fears surrounding Jorginho's fitness. He has confirmed that Jorginho will be available for Tuesday. That comes as a massive boost for Chelsea, given the Euro 2020 winner's impeccable performance on Saturday.

The Italian was in inspired form against Leicester City, showing great composure to dictate play from the deep. The Blues will hope for more of the same against Juventus.


Defensive Midfielder: N'Golo Kante (Chelsea)

No player covers the pitch quite like Kante.
No player covers the pitch quite like Kante.

Another midfielder who hit all the right notes in the win over The Foxes was N'Golo Kante. The Frenchman once again shone through with his exemplary work rate and range of passing.

His ball-winning ability remain the Frenchman's biggest asset, and could be key in stopping Juventus in their tracks.


Left Wing-back: Ben Chilwell (Chelsea)

Ben Chilwell has been impressive this season.
Ben Chilwell has been impressive this season.

From seeing his first-team position come under threat to establishing himself among the best full-backs in the game, Ben Chilwell has turned things around in style.

No Chelsea player had more shots (3) or created more chances (3) than Ben Chilwell against Leicester. He also won more fouls (4) and provided an assist. 💪 https://t.co/EpJkWZC0ci

He has struck thrice, and made one assist this season. Chilwell has displayed a frightening attacking potential, something Juventus will have to be wary of.

Attacking Midfielder: Federico Chiesa (Juventus)

Chiesa struck the winner against Chelsea in September.
Chiesa struck the winner against Chelsea in September.

Federico Chiesa has bagged three goals and as many assists for Juventus this season. Most of them have come in the UEFA Champions League, showing his utility on big nights.

Federico Chiesa vs Lazio:Completed the most dribbles (6) in the match.Created the most chances (2) in the match.Won the most duels (10) in the match.8.3 rating. 🟢 https://t.co/hD8wrT3bK2

Chiesa struck the winner against Chelsea when the two sides met in September. His energy, dribbling skills, directness and eye for passing could be key for Juventus in opening up Chelsea again.


Striker: Paulo Dybala (Juventus)

Paulo Dybala has scored six goals and made four assists this season.
Paulo Dybala has scored six goals and made four assists this season.

It's not certain if Paulo Dybala will start, as he faces a race against time to be fit for this clash. Should he feature, Dybala could be a key presence for Juventus.

He has been Juventus' best player of the season, with six goals and four assists in all competitions. He could be a big test for Chelsea's stoic defence.


Striker: Kai Havertz (Chelsea)

Kai Havertz has four goals for Chelsea this season.
Kai Havertz has four goals for Chelsea this season.

With Romelu Lukaku still sidelined, and Timo Werner back in training, Tuchel may not throw Werner straight into the deep end. So there's a chance that Kai Havertz might start for Chelsea against the Bianconeri.

He has contributed only six goals in 17 games this season. But that's still the most in the squad after only Reece James. He will hope to finally get one over Juventus at the fourth time of asking.

Edited by Bhargav
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