Chelsea’s ruthless sacking decision ahead of Juventus Champions League clash

Chelsea travel to Juventus tonight for their second Champions League clash of the season as they continue the defence of their title. 

Thomas Tuchel led his side to the trophy last season after just four months at the helm.

The Blues began their European campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at home to Zenit St Petersburg two weeks ago as Romelu Lukaku headed home Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross.

That victory put Chelsea second in Group H of the competition, with Juventus thrashing Malmo 3-0 last time out.

Chelsea have started the new season in scintillating form but suffered their first defeat on Saturday as they went down to Manchester City in the Premier League.

And Tuchel’s men will be looking to get back to winning ways tonight.

But whatever the result in Turin, the Chelsea boss will not suffer the same fate as one of his predecessors after the west Londoners visited Juventus in 2012.

Chelsea were once again the reigning champions for that visit after the team had defeated Bayern Munich six months previously to win their first-ever title.

The man who had orchestrated that victory was Roberto Di Matteo less than three months after taking over from Andre Villas-Boas on an interim basis.

Di Matteo had led his side to victory over Barcelona in the semi-finals before they overcame Bayern courtesy of a penalty shootout.

The triumph had seen the Italian boss handed a permanent two-year contract at Stamford Bridge. But his reign quickly turned sour.

Despite starting the 2012/13 campaign well, Chelsea began to falter at the end of October and came into the match against Juventus off the back of a 2-1 defeat to West Brom.

In fact, the Blues were winless in four Premier League matches and needed at least a point against Juve to keep themselves in the driving seat to qualify for the knockout stages.

Di Matteo set his side up to defend and bizarrely named Azpilicueta alongside Juan Mata and Eden Hazard in attack, with Oscar leading the line.

Chelsea had an experienced team on the night but were without the injured John Terry, who was ruled out with a knee injury.

Still, the Blues looked dangerous in the early stages, with Hazard and Oscar causing the Italian giants all sorts of problems.

But the match swung in the hosts’ favour after a long-range shot from Andrea Pirlo deflected off team-mate Fabio Quagliarella and ended up in the back of Petr Cech’s net.

Arturo Vidal and Sebastian Giovinco added goals in the second period as Juventus won the game 3-0.

Di Matteo was unceremoniously given his marching orders the very next morning by owner Roman Abramovich.

It was a harsh decision. Before the loss to Juventus, Chelsea had lost just three of their 16 Champions League and Premier League games that season.

But the season panned out alright for Chelsea. Rafa Benitez was subsequently appointed until the end of the campaign and led the club to Europa League glory, courtesy of victory over Benfica in the final.