Chelsea welcomes their illustrious Italian opponent after a disappointing weekend for Antonio Conte’s men on the Road. The League this season has not quite gone well for the English Champions at the moment, just like Roma lost to the Italian side Napoli at home.
With reputation and history brewing among both clubs (AS Roma and Chelsea) there is no doubt that both sides have produced legends of repute in the round leather game. Men of passion and notable contributions like Italian star Roberto Di Matteo, Gianfranco Zola (all Chelsea) and most likely Francesco Totti (AS Roma) have made names for these big sides in the past.
In this article, with good memories of old we take a look at players who had worn the Jersey of both sides.
The English full back has an exemplary carrier with the London clubs before moving to the Italian side few seasons ago.
Cole plied his trade at Arsenal and was part of the invincible side that went a whole season unbeaten in the EPL with the likes of Thierry Henry, Nwankwo Kanu and Roberto Pires. It was an astounding feat for the Gunners. And that was the high point of Cole’s carrier before moving to the Bridge when he achieved much under Carlo Ancelotti and particularly Roberto Di Matteo who led the Blues to the Champions League glory.
Ashley Cole had a blistering time at Chelsea where he completed favourably with compatriot Wayne Bridge for Chelsea’s left back slot. Injury took toil in his carrier and this led to a proposed move to the Italian outfit (AS Roma) as Chelsea sought to freshen up their team sheet with new players at the club.
The Egyptian had a brief stint at the London side Chelsea before moving to the Italian Serie A to join AS Roma. The winger had no option but to leave the club as he sought for first team football which was limited at Stamford Bridge under the Charismatic Manager Jose Mourinho.
This move had been a blessing for the African star as his performance for the Italians alongside fellow African and Ivorian winger Gervinho (before his departure) led to the lucrative move to Liverpool, where he had started with a bang (in the opener against Watford) in the Premier League just like he did score a brace against Maribor FK in the UEFA Champions League away from home.
This goes to show how credible both clubs have been in molding and scouting for some of the best talent in the Modern game.
The German center half is the highlight of both teams (Chelsea and AS Roma) as hostilities returns at the Bridge come kick off.
The centre back defended the colours of the Italian side before switching to Chelsea to join the Blues defensive army which comprises of David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta and Skipper Gary Cahill.
Though the hosts’ defence is looking jittery and unconvincing at the moment as seen at the weekend but with Rudiger likely to feature there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel.
All eyes will be on the likes of Eden Hazard and co particularly Rudiger as the German stands the chance of tasting action against his former side after some poor run of form by both clubs in their respective Leagues of late.
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