Chelsea vs Juventus: Holders book Champions League last-16 spot as Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner score

Chelsea vs Juventus: Holders book Champions League last-16 spot as Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner score Chelsea 4-0 Juventus: Holders book Champions League last-16 spot as Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner score

Holders Chelsea thrashed Juventus 4-0 to secure their place in the Champions League knockout stages in stunning style at Stamford Bridge.

Thomas Tuchel's side, already three points clear at the top of the Premier League, jumped above Juventus at the top of Group H with a display of utter dominance in west London. The Blues took the lead midway through the first half when Trevoh Chalobah fired home from an Antonio Rudiger knockdown following a Hakim Ziyech corner (25), before ramming home their superiority with a rampant second-half performance. The outstanding Reece James scored their second, and his fifth of the season, with a stunning, angled drive from the right-hand side of the box (55), with Callum Hudson-Odoi becoming the third homegrown scorer of the night when he finished off a slick team move soon afterwards (58). Substitute Timo Werner then completed the scoring in stoppage time when he converted Ziyech's cross from close range. The emphatic victory puts Chelsea in pole position to reach the last 16 as group winners, meaning a potentially easier draw, but it came at a cost ahead of Sunday's Premier League meeting with Manchester United. The Blues lost N'Golo Kante to a knock in the first half, while Ben Chilwell was forced off with an apparent knee injury following a coming together with Adrien Rabiot in the second.

How Chelsea claimed last-16 spot

Chelsea, perhaps eager to exact revenge for their 1-0 loss in Turin in September, dominated the game right from the outset, forcing the visitors backwards and subjecting them to a barrage of early pressure. Kante created their first chance, chipping a dangerous cross into the box from the byline in the opening few minutes, but Hudson-Odoi failed to make a proper connection with his shot before Chilwell snatched at the loose ball. Chilwell tried his luck again moments later, firing a long-range effort a few yards over the bar, and Chalobah then gave Juventus a warning of what was to come when he headed wide from a corner. Juventus were justifiably unhappy that his opener was allowed to stand given Ziyech's corner appeared to strike Rudiger on the hand, but the VAR check ruled in Chelsea's favour after Chalobah's rising drive had beaten Wojciech Szczesny. Chelsea were enjoying near-total dominance but it took a sensational goalline clearance from Thiago Silva to prevent Juventus from equalising just three minutes later. Former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata's chipped effort was looping towards the net having beaten Edouard Mendy, but Silva showed impressive speed and agility to race back and hook the ball away from danger with an overhead kick. It was a rare chance for Juventus, who were otherwise camped in their own half. Szczesny was called into action to deny James soon after Silva's intervention and even Kante's withdrawal did not alter the complexion of the game. In fact, Chelsea emerged from the interval with even greater intent. Hudson-Odoi had a diagonal effort blocked by Matthijs de Ligt and Silva headed straight at Szczesny from a free-kick, but the hosts did not have to wait long to extend their lead. James was left free in the Juventus box as he controlled a left-wing cross on his chest but there was still plenty to do as he looked up and fired a rasping finish into the far corner. Chelsea supporters were still celebrating that goal when Hudson-Odoi scored their third, teed up by Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Kante's replacement and another academy graduate, following another fast-paced attack. Chilwell's injury punctuated Chelsea's dominance and Mendy was also forced into a rare save, pushing Weston McKennie's powerful drive over the crossbar, but there was still time for Chelsea to add a fourth. The Blues had included Romelu Lukaku in their squad for the first time since he suffered an ankle injury last month, but, with the Belgian an unused substitute, it was Werner who made an impact from the bench. Soon after he had teed up Ziyech for a low shot which was well saved by Szczesny, their roles were reversed, with the German slotting home his team-mate's low centre to cap a brilliant night for Chelsea.

Pos Team Pl SD Pts W D L SF SA
1. Chelsea FC 5 +9 12 4 0 1 10 1
2. Juventus 5 +3 12 4 0 1 9 6
3. Zenit Saint Petersburg 5 0 4 1 1 3 7 7
4. Malmo FF 5 -12 1 0 1 4 1 13

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Chelsea resume their Premier League campaign at home to Manchester United on Sunday. The Blues are away to Zenit St Petersburg in their final Champions League group game on Wednesday December 8.

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