Antonio Conte: 17-year-old is the future of Chelsea

Antonio Conte: 17-year-old is the future of Chelsea

Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco spoke to Mediaset Premium after the Roma-Chelsea game, here is what he had to say: "We knew we were going to have to suffer but we knew that we would hurt them if we played our game".

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. The Blues should still progress to the knockout stage but this performance will worry Antonio Conte, especially the shaky nature of their defending. 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.

Another hard night was in prospect when Aleksandar Kolarov and Edin Dzeko, two former Manchester City players who scored Roma's goals at Stamford Bridge, combined as the hosts took a first-minute lead. Eden Hazard found himself in on goal but couldn't quite squeeze his shot past Alisson Becker, who made a smart save to deny the Belgian.

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But another error followed when former Roma defender Rudiger allowed Radja Nainggolan's cross to bounce and El Shaarawy held off Azpilicueta to prod the ball in.

To their credit Chelsea responded well and had a great chance of their own just moments after the opening goal.

Gary Cahill was replaced by Willian 10 minutes into the second half and went to sit on the bench, suggesting the captain's removal was tactical. Allison saved Marcos Alonso's curling effort and Tiemoue Bakayoko headed wide from the following corner.

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

The experienced left-back fed Perotti, who cut inside an apologetic challenge from Pedro and arrowed a superb low drive past Courtois at his near post.

The Group C match between top-2 table toppers AS Roma and Chelsea played at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome will kick off at 01:15 AM IST on Wednesday, November 1.

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