Two Chelsea substitutes slam the team for a poor game

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Chelsea were beaten by Juventus 1-0 in Turin, and it’s one of those games where the team could have played for another 90 minutes and still not score a goal.

The Italian side employed a tactically disciplined performance at home and looked sharp on the break.

Chelsea couldn’t penetrate their defence and an early second-half goal by Federica Chiesa was enough for the Blues to lose the game.

Thomas Tuchel changed his two starting wing-backs, as Marcos Alonso was taken off for Ben Chilwell at half-time while Cesar Azpilicueta was subbed off 15 minutes after the restart for Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Chelsea looked sharper later in the second half, but the damage had already been done. Subs Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi admitted after the match that the team played poorly.

“We came with the mentality and determination to win and we gave it our best but it was not good enough,” said Hudson-Odoi.

“We know that and we have to go back and reflect on it. There is a lot to improve on and a lot to work on.

“We did well in certain aspects but we can always do better,” he added.

“We were disappointed to concede a goal so quickly after the start of the second half and we reacted well, but we didn’t get the goal we should have got.’

Chilwell was as well disappointed in the early second-half goal scored by Juventus and the team’s inability to break the Old Lady down.

“They built from that the longer the game went on,” he said.

“They had a game plan and executed it very well. They grew in confidence, the crowd got behind them and it got more difficult for us to score. We did have a few chances but not enough clear-cut ones to win the game.

“We had a lot of possession, we weren’t at our best but we stayed in the game until the very last minute when we had a chance to get a draw, which when you are not playing your best football is a good result when you come here.”

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