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Chelsea labelled ‘the best team in the world’ after drubbing of Juventus but fears over N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell could upset Thomas Tuchel’s ‘machine’ ahead of clash with Manchester United

Chelsea have been labelled ‘the best team in the world’ after their destruction of Italian giants Juventus, with manager Thomas Tuchel earning huge praise.

The name Juventus strikes fear into many a side, but not Chelsea, who tore through their opponents at to win 4-0 at Stamford Bridge in a sublime second half showing.

Chelsea made it look easy against Juventus

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Chelsea made it look easy against Juventus

Hudson-Odoi capped off a sublime move to put Chelsea 3-0 up before Timo Werner rounded the win off

Hudson-Odoi capped off a sublime move to put Chelsea 3-0 up before Timo Werner rounded the win off

Tuchel is the mastermind behind one of the world’s best teams, but are they THE best?

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Tuchel is the mastermind behind one of the world’s best teams, but are they THE best?

The Premier League leaders are now top of their Champions League group, and have put in some breath-taking displays on their way to a nine-game unbeaten run.

Tuchel has done so with plenty of injury distractions too, losing the likes of record signing Romelu Lukaku, as well as key man Mason Mount for extended periods.

Yet the results keep on coming, with former Blues defender and talkSPORT host Jason Cundy blown away by the past week.

“Against Leicester and tonight, I’m seeing a different machine,” he said on the Sports Bar.

Tuchel had his team doing exactly what he wanted

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Tuchel had his team doing exactly what he wanted

“We are an absolute machine right now, and I would say, we are probably the best side in the world.

“We are right up there, this is tactically one of the best Chelsea sides, in fact the best, I’ve ever seen.

“Tuchel is just getting things right, and today was without [Kai] Havertz, without Mount, without Lukaku.

“We top the group and we did it in style, we’re not just getting over the line, we battered them today. Battered them.”

Juve didn’t know what had hit them

Juve didn’t know what had hit them

The European champions look well on their way to compete for top honours again in Tuchel’s first full season.

The win over Juventus was one of their best of the campaign, featuring great goals from Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

And James, Chelsea’s top scorer with five goals, earned special praise from Cundy.

“Reece is the best right-back in the country right now,” he added. 

Tuchel was delighted with James’ strike

Tuchel was delighted with James’ strike

“He doesn’t have a weakness, physically he’s probably the best player on the pitch.”

As mentioned, Chelsea have had to contend with injuries throughout the course of the season, and they may have picked up a couple more crucial ones ahead of a league meeting with Manchester United.

N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell both left the pitch in pain, with Tuchel later saying the pair have suffered similar knocks.

Kante left the field in the first half, and Chilwell needed help to get off in the second

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Kante left the field in the first half, and Chilwell needed help to get off in the second

“He [Chilwell] has a sharp pain in the knee and unfortunately N’Golo as well,” Tuchel revealed. “He looked like he twisted his knee as well.

“I can tell you tomorrow morning when they’ll both be examined. 

“That’s the only two things that are very sad because N’Golo was fantastic until that moment when he went off and Chilly is in a fantastic moment.

“He’s so important and so strong so let’s hope for the best.”

But even if they are set for lengthy absences, Chelsea have shown they have it in them to deal with it.

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