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Juventus and Chelsea vie for progress

Published: Tuesday 13 November 2012, 18.54CET
Juventus and Chelsea FC produced an entertaining contest on matchday one but the return in Turin finds both teams anxious for points to underline their Group E ambitions.
Juventus and Chelsea vie for progress
Juventus ended their run of draws on matchday four ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 13 November 2012, 18.54CET

Juventus and Chelsea vie for progress

Juventus and Chelsea FC produced an entertaining contest on matchday one but the return in Turin finds both teams anxious for points to underline their Group E ambitions.

The first game between Juventus and Chelsea FC was an exciting affair in which the Italian visitors fought back from two goals down. Now both teams need points to underpin their Group E ambitions.

• On matchday one Oscar scored twice on his first start as Chelsea made a strong opening to their UEFA Champions League defence, but Arturo Vidal reduced the arrears before Fabio Quagliarella scored Juve's late equaliser.

• The Serie A champions also came from behind in their next two games to earn 1-1 draws, at home to FC Shakhtar Donetsk in their first European game at the new Juventus Stadium and then at FC Nordsjælland. That made it nine successive European draws, a record run ended in the home game against the Danish side, a 4-0 win moving Juve on to six points.

• Chelsea had won by the same 4-0 scoreline in Copenhagen but went down 2-1 at Shakhtar and then needed a late Victor Moses goal to see off the Ukrainian champions 3-2 at Stamford Bridge. That left Chelsea level on seven points with Shakhtar but behind on head-to-head record, and one point ahead of Juve.

Previous meetings
• The teams' first fixtures came in the 2008/09 round of 16 when Chelsea followed a 1-0 first-leg home win with a 2-2 draw in Turin in which Giorgio Chiellini was sent off on 70 minutes.

• The lineups at Stadio Olimpico on 10 March 2009 were:
Juventus: Buffon, Chiellini, Mellberg, Nedvěd (Salihamidžić 13), Marchisio, Grygera, Molinaro, Tiago, Iaquinta (Giovinco 61), Del Piero, Trezeguet (Amauri 79).
Chelsea: Čech, Bosingwa, Terry, Alex (Carvalho 89), A Cole, Essien (Belletti 66), Lampard, Mikel, Ballack, Anelka, Drogba.

• Chelsea overcame Italian opponents on their way to lifting the trophy for the first time in May. In the round of 16 they lost 3-1 away to SSC Napoli but, with Roberto Di Matteo having taken over as manager, won 4-1 in the return.

• The Blues have won only once in eight visits to Italy, a 4-0 group stage success at S.S. Lazio in 2003/04 in which Frank Lampard got the final goal. The other seven games have resulted in four defeats and three draws.

• This is Juventus' 42nd meeting with English sides; their record is W15 D11 L15. At home they have won 12 of the 20 meetings, including a 2-0 victory over Liverpool FC in the home leg of the 1985 UEFA Super Cup – but only one of the last six – with five drawn. The most recent Turin defeat came in the 2002/03 second group stage, Manchester United FC winning 3-0.

Match background
• Chelsea have now lost three of their last 12 away group games, winning five.

Team ties
• Di Matteo made 34 appearances for Italy and played in Serie A for Lazio between 1993 and 1996. He scored the opening goal as Lazio beat Juventus 3-0 in Turin on 7 May 1995.

• Di Matteo was playing for Italy when Gianluigi Buffon made his international debut in a 1-1 draw against Russia in Moscow in the first leg of 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-offs.

• Fernando Torres and Juan Mata scored past Buffon in Spain's 4-0 win against Italy in the UEFA EURO 2012 final in Kyiv. Andrea Pirlo, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Chiellini and Claudio Marchisio also played for the Azzurri with Sebastian Giovinco an unused substitute.

• Pirlo scored in a shoot-out against England in the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2012 as the Azzurri won 4-2 on penalties, Buffon saving England's fourth kick from Ashley Cole. Barzagli, Bonucci and Marchisio also played for Italy while John Terry was in the England lineup and Giovinco again on the bench.

• Paul Pogba made three Premier League appearances for Manchester United in 2011/12.

• Nicklas Bendtner had spent his entire professional career in England before joining Juventus on loan from Arsenal FC in the summer. He also had loan spells at Birmingham City FC and Sunderland AFC and was on the winning side twice in seven appearances against Chelsea. On 10 May 2009 he scored Arsenal's goal in a 4-1 home league defeat.

• David Luiz and Ramires have played for Brazil alongside Lúcio.

• Stephan Lichtsteiner and Eden Hazard played together at LOSC Lille in 2007/08.

Last updated: 18/11/12 22.25CET

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