Chelsea v Juventus: The Old Lady will be looking for revenge – Cech
Chelsea v Juventus: Petr Cech warns his team-mates that the Old Lady will be looking to avenge their defeat by the Blues in 2009
Petr Cech has warned Chelsea that Juventus will be looking to avenge their defeat in the Champions League knockout stages in 2009 when the pair face off at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Chelsea and Juventus met in the last-16 when a 12th-minute Didier Drogba goal gave the Blues a 1-0 first-leg victory in London before a 2-2 draw in Turin.
As a result, Cech is expecting the Old Lady to be seek revenge for the aggregate defeat, with Antonio Conte’s men looking to make a statement of intent in the competition by beating the defending champions.
“We’re playing Juventus, who have been missing from the Champions League for a few seasons, so they will definitely want to show they are back,” Cech told Chelsea’s website.
“Last time we played them we beat them in the knockout stages [in 2009], so this is a chance for them to get revenge for that defeat.
“Anybody who plays against us will want to raise their game, we are the defending champions so its extra motivation for everybody.”
Chelsea will face demanding trips to Shakhtar Donetsk and Danish side Nordsjælland, plus a return trip to Turin as Roberto Di Matteo’s side look to reach the last-16.
Cech revealed Chelsea are eager to secure their progress from Group E as soon as possible, with the Blues eyeing an improvement on their travels in Europe this term.
“The sooner you can qualify from the group, the better it is,” he added.
“But whether you qualify on the last day or the first day it’s not important, the main thing is just to get through.
“If we win every home game and lose every away game but win the Champions League, it doesn’t really matter.
“We want to improve, though, because in all of our away games last season we were in a good position but failed to kill the match off, so that’s definitely an area we want to build on to make our life easier.”
Chelsea v Juventus: Pre-match facts
• The teams met in the 2008-09 round of 16 when a 12th-minute Didier Drogba goal gave Chelsea a 1-0 first-leg victory in London before a 2-2 draw in Turin.
• Juventus have not won on their last 11 competitive outings in England, losing eight and drawing three, including their 2003 Champions League final penalty shoot-out defeat by AC Milan.
• Chelsea have finished as group winners in seven of their last nine campaigns, qualifying for the knockout rounds as runners-up in the other two years.
• Fernando Torres and Juan Mata scored past Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in Spain’s 4-0 win against Italy in the Euro 2012 final.