When Chelsea Women visit Juventus on Wednesday, they will be looking for their first win in the 2021-22 Women's Champions League group stage at the second attempt.
On the opening day, Emma Hayes' side drew 3-3 with Wolfsburg, while the Turin giants cruised to the top with a 3-0 victory over Servette Chenois.
Juventus, now coached by former Arsenal Women's coach Joe Montemurro, have set an early claim for the continental title with 11 wins in a row in all competitions since the season began.
Last week, Juventus won 3-0 in Geneva on the opening day of the Champions League, with Arianna Caruso, Lina Hurtig, and Valentina Cernoia all scoring in a comfortable victory ahead of the weekend's domestic battle with Napoli. Cernoia once again stole the show, this time in just five minutes, setting up Caruso for the game's first goal after only 26 seconds and then doubling her side's tally in the fifth minute, giving Juventus a record-breaking 30th win in a row in the Women's Serie A.
Juventus, who are looking to add a first-ever Champions League title to their four straight domestic titles, have kept clean sheets in all eight of their recent home victories, while Chelsea boss Emma Hayes was left to mourn a lack of defensive knowledge against Wolfsburg.
While Chelsea got off to a fantastic start against Wolfsburg thanks to Sam Kerr's opening, the reigning Women's Super League champions were soon 3-1 down due to defensive indiscipline, with Tabea Wassmuth scoring twice during the Germans' prolific run.
Chelsea would salvage a point thanks to Beth England and Pernille Harder's equalizer against her former club in the second minute of second-half injury time, but Hayes bemoaned her team's "gifts" to Wolfsburg before returning to domestic play the coming weekend against Leicester City Women.
There were no such defensive issues this time, as Harder and Fran Kirby-both contenders for the 2021 Women's Ballon d'Or-scored in the closing 10 minutes of a 2-0 triumph that propelled them to second place in the WSL behind Montemurro's former club Arsenal.
Chelsea, like Juventus, are still searching for their first Champions League title in the women's game after losing in last year's final to Barcelona's dominance, but they have lost three of their past six away games in the competition.
Chelsea's renowned strikers will be looking to break Juventus' extraordinary defensive tenacity on home soil this week, but the hosts will have taken note of their opponents' defensive mistakes on Match Day 1.
Montemurro's team is in no position to lose its unbeaten streak anytime soon, and while Chelsea will push them all the way, I still anticipate the Italian champions to win in a close match. This match will be won by Juventus.
Kickoff Time: This match will be played on Wednesday at 8PM Nigerian time.
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