Juan Guillermo Cuadrado returns to a place where he was not happy in football and in which he barely played 8 official matches in the 2014/15 season. Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea, did not see the best of the Colombian, a player who shone with Fiorentina but could never adapt to England, much less earn a place in José Mourinho’s team. This Tuesday he will be playing on that court with Juventus for the fifth date of group H of the UEFA Champions League.
Several years have passed since Cuadrado left London for good and today he is one of the greatest figures in Italian football, whether as a winger, midfielder or right winger. That passage through Chelsea turned it off, but Juve and Massimiliano Allegri rescued him when they made use of the purchase option after having had it on loan for two seasons.
“In Chelsea he kept smiling but I could see he was off. It was a difficult period, the hardest of his career. In summer I was praying every day for him to stay at Juventus. I knew I was going to return to Turin, “said Marcela Bello, Cuadrado’s mother, on February 7, 2017 in a statement to Gazzetta dello Sport.
Almost four years after that confession, Marcela narrated more details of the difficult moment in England. She was also not happy during those 6 months. “I just didn’t like London and I prayed so much that I could come back (…) Now I live in Turin and I like it very much, the choice of a great club like Juventus made Juan very happy,” he told Tutto Juve in October 2020.
In total, wearing the Chelsea shirt, Cuadrado played 15 games, 4 as a starter, and won 2 titles: the Premier League and the 2014/15 League Cup. He did not score goals or provide assists. This Tuesday’s game will be from 3:00 pm, Colombian time.