Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel feels Juventus are a team that “demand respect” as the two sides prepare to meet in the Champions League on Wednesday night (Juventus 11/4, draw 11/5, Chelsea 5/4 – Match Betting).
Juventus have made a stuttering start to their domestic campaign and currently sit down in 10th place in the Serie A standings, with just eight points from their first six games.
However, after a 3-0 win over Malmo in their opening Champions League game, Tuchel is taking nothing for granted ahead of their clash with the Old Lady.
“They are such a big club,” the Blues boss said. “Yes they have had some troubles, a rough start but they were very convincing in the Champions League [a 3-0 win at Malmo].
“They are reliable. It is a no-brainer, they demand respect.”
Chelsea will be without Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, N’Golo Kante and Reece James for their trip to Turin. Kante is currently isolating after testing positive for Covid-19, while Mount, Pulisic and James are all sidelined through injury.
Speaking about his team’s chances of going all the way once again in Europe this season, Tuchel feels there are other sides who will be backed more than Chelsea (7/1 – Champions League outright) for the title.
“We came from a role that wasn’t favourites last season and we got better with every match and now we are seen as a real contender,” Tuchel added.
“Now it is easy to make us the favourites. We have the experience that means there is a higher value and motivation to play against us. We have to accept this. We are not favourites for this title.”