Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has claimed that Chelsea are less of a formidable opponent now that Didier Drogba has left the club.

Drogba scored the penalty that helped the Blues to Champions League glory against Bayern Munich last season having already cancelled out Thomas Muller’s opener in normal time, before ending his eight year affiliation with the club to join Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua.

Chelsea take on Juventus as they get the defence of their Champions League crown underway at Stamford Bridge tonight, and Bonucci believes his life will be that little bit easier because Drogba won’t be on the field.

“They've lost an important piece in attack with the departure of Didier Drogba who formed the attack on his own,” he said.

"However, they are an important collective and we have to be alert. We'll study them closely so that we are not surprised by them,” he added.

Juventus make their return to the Champions League for the first time in four years having won the Serie A title last season, and despite their lack of European football in recent years Bonucci believes the Bianconeri will be a match for anyone this season.

"To get to play in the Champions League is an important achievement.

"Wednesday will just be the first game, the first experience and we'll go to Stamford Bridge in the knowledge that we are a strong squad, but with the humility that we will have to work harder than they do to get a result.

"Juventus can fight on all fronts and we are not scared of anyone."

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