By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo choose to play without a striker in the fixture held in Turin, but the gamble backfired on the Blues, as Juventus romped to an easy win thanks to goals from Fabio Quagliarella, Vidal, and Sebastian Giovinco.
Vidal's strike was his ninth in this campaign, and the central midfielder told the club's official website that he was pleased to have been part of a deserved victory for his team.
"I didn’t think I’d score so many goals. It’s important to keep going on this path, but above all by helping the team to win. I’m happy to play for this team, in this stadium in front of these magnificent fans," Vidal said.
"We put our head, heart and legs into this encounter, playing in an intelligent fashion. It’s a message to everyone, showing that we’re strong in Italy but also in Europe."
Defender Leonardo Bonucci revealed that the Bianconeri expected star playmaker Andrea Pirlo to be heavily marked. As such, the squad came up with an alternative course of attack.
"Pirlo is our most dangerous player and opponents often man mark him, so I look to set the play form the back," he shared.
"They capitalised on two or three false moves we made. But every one of us is aware that we’ve given more than 100%. We can hold our own in the Champions League: we showed that against Nordsjaelland and underlined it against the reigning champions of Europe."
Pleased with his clean sheet and the three goals scored by his team-mates, Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon believed their resounding win against Chelsea was the perfect way to silence observers who doubted the club's ability to challenge for European silverware.
"It was a great victory, a true test of strength for how we achieved it, convincing in our play and spirit. We’ve sent out a message to Europe but also to Italy. If anyone had any doubts we’ve well and truly responded to those," he stated.
"We still haven’t secured qualification for the next round, but even if we were to unfortunately go out we would do so having shown our ability to play against anyone."
Juventus travel to the San Siro to take on fierce rivals AC Milan in their Serie A game this weekend.