El Shaarawy double as Roma maul Chelsea

Nov 01, 2017, 00:24
El Shaarawy double as Roma maul Chelsea

With Atletico Madrid in third place and yet to win in the Champions League this season, it could be a major scalp for both sides. Kostas Manolas should be fit to return to the central defence alongside Federico Fazio, fresh from signing a contract extension, who has impressed since replacing the Greek against Napoli two weeks ago and been key in the subsequent three straight clean sheets in the league (admittedly against middling and outright poor opposition).

"Kante has trained with us". "It's very important in this moment to speak with the player".

"We will try to make the best decision".

Roma next travel to Atletico Madrid with Chelsea facing the long trip to Qarabag in Azerbaijan.

Chelsea now sit top of Group C in the Champions League with seven points from a possible nine.

As Stephan El Shaarawy capitalised on an Antonio Rudiger mistake to grab his second goal of the game, Perotti rushed over to celebrate with the Egyptian and the rest of his Roma team-mates.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is crossing his fingers about N'Golo Kante's fitness and after the pummeling his team's midfield took at the Bridge he must surely be thinking about throwing the Frenchman in to protect top spot in the group.

Now occupying the top spot in Group C, Antonio Conte's Chelsea will have clear chances of qualifying for the next round of the prestigious European tournament despite playing away from home at the monumental Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy.

"The idea is also to be more realistic than during the last three league matches where we lacked something".

Roma look good enough to beat any side in the competition on their day and could well be considered dark horses in the prestigious European competition.

Tuesday's match is a landmark for Fabregas, who makes his 100th Champions League appearance in the Stadio Olimpico.

And a bad result would also heap more pressure on Conte's position in charge of the club ahead of Sunday's crucial clash with Manchester United.

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