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OPINION: Why Thomas Tuchel Should Not Use A Target Man Against Juventus

To avoid a repeat of the first game, where Chelsea's attack was largely unsuccessful thanks to the brilliance of Leonardo Bonucci, Thomas Tuchel had to sacrifice a goal against Juventus.

The reason I mention it is because Romelu Lukaku's return to training suggests he might be an option in the Champions League clash against Juventus. While his return from injury is great news for Chelsea, the fact that Chelsea lost 1-0 in their first game should serve as a lesson.

Lukaku was recruited as a target in this match, meaning he became the focus of Chelsea's offensive action. This was in the Old Lady's favor as Bonucci only needed to keep an eye on him and not give him a seat to prevent Chelsea's attack. To correct this mistake, Tuhel had to hold on to Kai Haverz or Christian Pulisic, who played as a false nine after Lukaku was injured.

Even though Kai Havertz didn't have much of a goal, there was no need to change the method as it worked. The fact that Chelsea have scored more goals without Lukaku is confirmation of that. Also, his playing style back then was faster and smoother than when he started. None of this is a coincidence in my opinion as it is clear that after his initial success in the Premier League, the club quickly found a way to stop Lukaku.

Do you remember how Bonucci and his back line partner Giorgio Chiellini against Spain in the EURO 2020 semifinals? Italy won on penalties although they suffered as Spain made a false nine which prevented them from scoring.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri used a 3-5-2 system in Saturday's 2-0 win over Lazio. This suggests that Bonucci will most likely play at centre-back against Chelsea, as he did in the previous game. If Chelsea use a false nine like Spain did, they will likely be pulled out of position because sometimes a false nine can get into the middle, making it difficult to mark someone.

Lukaku will return to the starting XI but not against Juventus because first place in the Champions League group is important and this match is likely to determine that. Despite the fact that Chelsea were the better team, Juventus should not be overlooked.

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