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Chelsea dominated Juventus as they walked to a comfortable 4-0 victory over the Old Lady, and Romelu Lukaku returned to the squad after being ruled out for a month due to injury. However, with Thomas Tuchel’s side flying, he faces a decision as to whether he should even start the Belgian against Manchester United on Sunday.
Chelsea made a huge step towards finishing to of their Champions League group after a dominant 4-0 over Juventus at Stamford Bridge.
Trevoh Chalobah scored the opener after 25 minutes on what was his first European start for the club, as he rifled his effort into the top-left corner to put Chelsea ahead.
Chelsea really turned the screw in the second half, as Reece James doubled their advantage shortly after the restart before Callum Hudson-Odoi caught Juventus napping just two minutes later to fire his side into a three-goal lead.
There was time for one more as Timo Werner came off the bench to make it four just seconds before the final whistle, as Chelsea ran riot.
It was an excellent night for Chelsea who overpowered Juventus in every area of the field, but it does leave Tuchel with a decision to make ahead of their weekend clash with Manchester United, with Romelu Lukaku back from injury.
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Thomas Tuchel has a tough selection choice ahead of Sunday (Image: GETTY)
Chelsea have been the team to beat this season, and they currently sit top of the Premier League and now their Champions League group following their win on Tuesday.
The European Champions have completely transformed under Thomas Tuchel since the German succeeded Frank Lampard in January, and after assembling a fierce starting eleven, Romelu Lukaku was re-signed this summer to complete the team.
The Belgian got off to an incredible start as he scored just 15 minutes into his second debut, and three more goals followed across all competitions until Lukaku picked up an injury against Malmo back in October.
However, although Lukaku was signed to take Chelsea to the next level, Tuchel’s side have remained unbeaten since the forward has been out of the team, and have only failed to win one of the seven matches that the Belgian hasn’t started.
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Chelsea were excellent against Juventus (Image: GETTY)
Chelsea host Manchester United this weekend and the visitors are in turmoil following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, although their tails will be up as they qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League with a 2-0 win over Villarreal.
Lukaku made his return to the squad against Juventus, and it seems ludicrous not to start the man that cost Chelsea £97.5m in the summer, but Tuchel faces a decision ahead of their clash on Sunday.
With Chelsea performing so well, Tuchel must decide whether to stick with his current set-up, or immediately start Lukaku who will be keen to impress against his former side.
Chelsea continue to be extremely dominant, as Leicester found out in their last Premier League clash, so Tuchel may opt to keep the side that ran riot at the King Power Stadium, and keep Lukaku on the bench.
Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner returned from injury against Juventus (Image: GETTY)
Lukaku was signed by United in 2017 but although he remained a consistent goalscorer for the side, he was sold to Inter Milan in 2019 where he stepped up another level in Serie A.
Chelsea splashed the cash to re-sign their former star for a club record fee, and Lukaku will be desperate to get his own back on United who didn’t believe that the Belgian was the right man to lead their line.
Their lack of judgement was obviously a mistake following his rise and their downfall, but Lukaku may be denied a dream return due to the efficiency of Tuchel’s current side.
Timo Werner was also injured on the same night as Lukaku, and also made his return to the squad during Chelsea’s win over Juventus, so Tuchel has a lot to think about with just a matter of days until they welcome United to Stamford Bridge.