AS Roma vs Chelsea, UEFA Champions League 2017

AS Roma vs Chelsea, UEFA Champions League 2017

Antonio Conte's Premier League winners are finding things far more hard on the pitch than they experienced last season when they cruised to glory. However, Roma have a game in hand at Sampdoria, who after walloping a decent Chievo side 4-1 at the weekend now have the best goals-for column of any team outside the top three and have scored more (22) than the other two teams above them - Inter and Roma.

After an opening burst the hosts were ahead after just 38 seconds when Dzeko nodded down and El Shaarawy blasted into the back of the net past a stunned Thibaut Courtois.

In Europe, meanwhile, they've looked more fragile.

Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers Eusebio Di Francesco or Antonio Conte? Cesc Fabregas could also be preferred in midfield to give the Blues a more central creative force, with Eden Hazard given a free role in front of him - following on from his match-winning performance on Saturday. A Chelsea win and Atletico Madrid defeat against Qarabağ FK in Azerbaijan is the unlikely scenario that Conte's men are facing tonight if they want an early berth in the knockout stage. As Chelsea pressed for an equaliser Roma started to play on the break, and El Shaarawy had a great chance to double the home side's lead, which was well saved by Courtois.

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Alisson made a leaping save to deny Marcos Alonso just before the break. The team has to face Roma and Chelsea to finish out the stage and didn't take advantage of its opportunities against lowly Qarabag, drawing 0-0 on matchday three and 1-1 on Tuesday. It's very important in this moment to speak with the player, and his sensation is very important.

"Our group is a tough group with Atletico Madrid and Roma, two really group teams".

Central defender Kostas Manolas, who had come on as a late substitute, nearly became the next Roma name on the score sheet with a bullet header, but Courtois pulled off a spectacular reaction save to deny the Greek worldwide.