Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola and Liverpool icon Michael Owen both have predicted the Blues to overcome Juventus tonight.
Thomas Tuchel’s side travel to Turin to face the Italian giants in the UEFA Champions League group stage after winning their opening fixture against Russian outfit Zenit Saint Petersburg 1-0 a fortnight ago.
Juventus also clinched all three points in their Champions League opener, overcoming Swedish side Malmo 3-0 away from home.
The Italian told Corriere della Sera: “It will be a very difficult match, Chelsea are strong in all respects even if the absence of (N’Golo) Kante at the last minute is heavy. The English team start from a higher level. And Juve will have to do something special to win the game.
“Tuchel already had a team of great value, with some shortcomings: the main one concerned a weight reference in attack and with (Romelu) Lukaku he probably took the best there is around, thus reaching at least in theory the goal.”
Owen has echoed Zola’s sentiment, claiming that the west London club have a good chance of retaining the trophy that they famously clinched in Porto in May.
“I’ve got to say, I didn’t see that performance against Man City coming,” the former England, Liverpool and Real Madrid striker told BetVictor.
“That was a rare poor showing from Chelsea under Tuchel, but I’d expect him to get a response from his side here. I still think Chelsea have a good chance of retaining this trophy.
“Juventus have started their Serie A season in poor form and frankly, don’t look quite the side they once were.
“I would never write them off, particularly with Allegri back at the helm, but I fancy Chelsea to come back from Turin with a win. 1-0 Chelsea is my prediction.”