They don't have anyone who can compete with a dynamic midfielder like Pirlo.
Chelsea is built for counter-attacks and set pieces. They have no possession-based players, no above average ball-playing defenders and no ball-winning midfielders. They don't have a reliable scorer and their defense is as inconsistent as I've seen. They don't seem to have any natural leaders or anyone who can just put the team on their back to get a result like they're so used to having (Lampard, Terry, Drogba). They barely create 10 chances a game in the PL which is well below what other top clubs are creating.
In other words, I'm not sure anything would have worked against Juve today other than clinical scoring.
Overloading the midfield was their best shot at getting a positive result, but more likely that would have exposed them even more. Counter-attacking could have worked as well, but that would require a high level of defensive play.
This post was edited on 11/20 at 11:59 pm