It was a night to forget for the English champions as the London side got battered in the hands of AS Roma in the Champions League. A brace from El Shaarawy and a Diego Perotti stunner has helped Roma to leapfrog Chelsea in their group as Conte’s men suffered a damaging defeat.
Setting the Scene:
It was an important tie for the Blues as a positive result would have given them a massive head start to finish as the group winners. But Roma, who were outstanding in the return fixture, also knew a win would take them top of the group.
Both the teams had won all the matches since they met each other in London and were in reasonably good form. It was a back to the old surroundings for Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, who joined the West London side this summer from Roma.
The match started in the worst possible way for Chelsea, as Stephan El Shaarawy scored an absolute stunner to give the home side a rapid lead, within a minute of the start. The home side dominated the early exchanges, but Hazard had a chance for the Blues which he squandered. Roma scored their second nine minutes from break as a Rudiger misjudge let El Shaarawy through again who poked the ball past Courtois to give the hosts a two goal cushion.
El Shaarawy netted on the first minute
After the break, it was all Roma and the visitors were visibly poor. Perotti made it three for Roma with a long distance shot. Dzeko and Nainggolan came close to add more and Courtois made a superb save from Manolas to prevent further damage to the scoreline. The win takes Roma to 8 points after four matches and top of their group.
It was a poor night for Alvaro Morata
Roma: Alisson; Florenzi (Manolas), Juan Jesus, Fazio, Kolarov; Nainggolan, De Rossi, Strootman; Perotti (Pellegrini), El Shaarawy (Gerson), Dzeko
Chelsea: Courtois; Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill (Willian); Azpilicueta, Alonso, Fabregas (Drinkwater), Bakayoko; Pedro, Hazard, Morata (Batshuayi)