Thomas Tuchel lauds ‘amazing achievement’ of his Chelsea side after handing Juventus their biggest EVER Champions League defeat, insisting mix of academy stars and players from abroad make them ‘special’

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  • Chelsea beat Juventus 4-0 in a stunning Champions League win
  • The resounding victory marked the 50th game of Thomas Tuchel’s stint at the club.
  • Tuchel praised the special mix of Academy stars and overseas buys in his squad
  • Tuchel hopes N’Golo Kante’s knee injury in first half is not serious

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Thomas Tuchel insisted his players would keep their feet on the ground after blowing up Juventus to mark Chelsea’s 50th match in charge.

Chelsea brought up Tuchel’s half-century in style, giving Juventus their biggest Champions League defeat of all time.

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It was a statement of intent from holders Chelsea to win and a warning to the rest of Europe that they would once again be prime contenders for the continent’s biggest trophy.

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Thomas Tuchel saw Chelsea beat Juventus 4-0 in his 50th match in charge

Blues riot at Stamford Bridge to watch Italian giants tie in Champions League tie

Blues riot at Stamford Bridge to watch Italian giants tie in Champions League tie

The thumping victory saw them leapfrog Juventus to top Group H and leave them in pole position to be seeded in the last-16.

Tuchel said: ‘It was a great match to be the 50th match. What effort, what attitude.

“It’s an amazing feat to score so many goals against such a well defended team. Now it is important to enjoy it, not to be deluded but to enjoy it.

Callum Hudson-Odoi celebrates Blues' third goal in scintillating performance

Callum Hudson-Odoi celebrates Blues’ third goal in scintillating performance

‘Wednesday is a day off and they totally deserve it and then from Thursday we will prepare for the next match. We would keep our feet on the ground but it was definitely a very strong match.

Chelsea’s first three goals were scored by academy graduates Trevoh Chaloba, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi, before Timo Werner added on for fourth.

Tuchel said: ‘That’s what makes the team special. Not only the superstars and the best players from overseas who are in our team as well, but it is a mix.

Defender Trevoh Chaloba was man of the match in his first Champions League debut

Defender Trevoh Chaloba was man of the match in his first Champions League debut

Chaloba and Mason Mount have been influential players in the academy in recent times

Chaloba and Mason Mount have been influential players in the academy in recent times

‘It’s great to see the academy’s talented, humble people full of quality and to be a part of, performing at Stamford Bridge, performing at Blue, being part of a strong Chelsea team is his biggest dream. Another great day for the academy.

Ben Chilwell and N’Golo Kante’s knee injuries sparked a memorable night for Chelsea ahead of Sunday’s match with Manchester United.

About Chilwell, who went limp in the second half, Tuchel said: ‘It worries me because he was in a great moment like Reece on the other side.

Tuchel hopes a bent knee for N'Golo Kante won't keep him out for too long

Tuchel hopes a bent knee for N’Golo Kante won’t keep him out for too long

‘They were in the best shape they could possibly be, so strong, confident and so many qualities.

‘He was in a lot of pain, now he is feeling much better. To be more precise we have a test tomorrow. We hope for the best, hope we cross fingers with the very bad news.’

On Kante, who was dropped in the first half, Tuchel said: ‘He got stronger and stronger in the first half and then bent his knee a bit, so hopefully it’s not too bad.’

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