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How Chelsea should line up vs AS Roma

How Chelsea should line up vs AS Roma

For his second, El Shaarawy owed much to the charity of Antonio Rudiger, the Chelsea defender who endured a forgettable return to his former club, before Diego Perotti brought the house down with another stunning long ranger after the hour. "In the second half, Roma proved they were hungrier, more determined and had more desire to battle, so they deserved to win".

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.

Radja Nainggolan's chipped pass forward was horribly misjudged by Rudiger, who let the ball run past him and El Shaarawy stole in to finish tidily.

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.

This is the 3rd time Chelsea are visiting AS Roma. Last season, there were games where I had nothing to do and other games I had four or five saves. The Italy forward stabbed in a shot between two defenders.

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. In the end Roma ran out as comfortable winners in a game that never really looked in doubt for the Italian club. This is a team with bags of quality in all areas of the pitch and the likes of Nainggolan and Manolas will ensure that this side goes deep into the tournament. 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.

Chelsea surrendered a 2-0 lead to trail 3-2 two weeks ago, only for Eden Hazard to equalise at home to Roma. Knockout football is far less forgiving and a loss such as this will not serve Chelsea well should they make it any significant distance into the competition.