Score: Roma 3 Chelsea 0FT
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Following three straight shutouts against Torino, Crotone & Bologna in the league that has seen Roma get 9 points in their last three games. Roma get ready for another mid-week fixture in the champions league as Roma host Premier League Champions Chelsea for the second time in this group of death. Just a few weeks back we saw these two face off in London at Stamford Bridge. We saw an instant classic in one of the best games of the year in their thrilling 3-3 draw as we saw Roma fall behind come back take the lead and Chelsea grab a point late to finish off an incredible game of football. This time Roma are at home as they welcome Chelsea to the Stadio Olimpico it what would surly be hostile territory. Chelsea’s Antino Rudiger will make his return to the Stadio Olimpico where he spent the last two seasons. Also tonight N’golo Kante makes his return to the side which will give Chelsea boast. However Roma are at home and are the one of the best defensive teams in Europe they are at home and will be ready for a fight I see this match as another battle between two incredible teams. Last time Chelsea came to the Stadio Olimpico Roma came away 3-1 winners that came in the 2008 champions league campaign. Would be such an important game for the status of the group. In what looked on paper as a competitive game turned out not to be the case as Roma turned the game on its head. El Shaarawy gave Roma the very early lead before we could blink his 43second goal would give Roma the early 1-0 lead. Chelsea gave Roma so trouble in various periods of the game but Roma’s defense stood firm as Alisson made several key saves. Roma were just on a different level El Shaarawy would score again to double Roma’s lead as they sent shockwaves through the country. Roma went into the half with the 2-0 lead as El Shaarawy was going through Chelsea like nothing. In the second half Roma continued to perform making easy work of the Chelsea’s defense as believe it or not they would break through again as Diego Perotti put Roma 3-0 up in the second half. In the end Chelsea got spooked by Roma as the Italians top of the group.
Eusebio Di Francesco and Roma prepare a strong side to take down the Premier League Giants. Di Francesco would go with his very frequent 4-3-3 formation a formation the players are getting use to. After formations being frequently changed under previous management. In goal would be Serie A’s clean sheet leader as well as one of Roma’s best players this season. The Big Brazilian Alisson Becker it he has made it very difficult for teams to score on Roma its a big part of their successful defense. At left back returning to the starting 11 after being rested last week would be one of Roma’s stars in the first meeting against Chelsea Aleksandar Kolarov. He would be replacing Bruno Peres who picked up injury. Beside him as the left center back would be Brazilian Juan Jesus he get gets his second champions league start. Next to him as the right center back would be Federico Fazio the Argentine continues to be picked his size will provide a mismatch for Chelsea. Finally to make up the defense at Right would be the versatile Italian Alexandro Florenzi a very strong defense yet again. In the central midfield would be very similar with only just the one change from their last game. In the central midfield position would be Roma captain Danielle De Rossi coming in for Lorenzo Pellegrini. On the left side it would be Kevin Strootman getting another start he can be an important player in these type of games. Then finally on the left side it would be former Chelsea target the world class Radja Nainggolan. In front three would made just the one change as well on the left wing it would be Speedster Diego Perotti coming in for Grégoire Defrel he was terrific last time against Chelsea . On the opposite side on the right wing would Stephen El Shaarawy he scored the winner in the last game and is in great form he will be a player Chelsea will be hard to deal with . Then finally up front as the main striker the star last time these teams met the dangerous Edin Dzeko. A very strong side set up by EDF we should see a ambitious Roma side.
The champions league was finally back as Roma and Chelsea we looking forward to another battle. After predictions and preparations for the match both teams were ready as we kicked off in Rome on this European night. The hosts didn’t have to wait very long to see as their team bust in front 36 seconds into the game Roma had their chance and they took it. Juan Jesus sent in a cross deep from the wing into the box that found Dzeko; the Bosnian headed the ball with the back of his head and coming out no where would be the little Pharaoh as Stephen El Shaarawy scored a screamer on Halloween smashing it in the top corner coming off the bounce to give Roma the 1-0 lead in the 1st minute. Just the 36 seconds into the game it would be the 10th fastest champions league goal in history. After scoring on the weekend Stephen El Shaarawy scored his first ever champions league goal and his 4th goal of the season. A display of pure brilliance from Roma excellent cross into the box from Jesus, wonderful header from Dzeko to give EL Shaarawy space and a unreal strike by El Shaarawy. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again his moment without the ball is the best in world football excellent team goal. Chelsea did try to get back into the game with a swift reply to Roma’s opener.
El Shaarawy jumps for joy after scoring then opening goal 36 second into the game
(Cont) Chelsea did try to get back into the game with a swift reply to Roma’s opener. Cese Fàbregas tried to ignite something for Chelsea as he sent a through ball to find Eden Hazard the Belgium international tried to equalize but Alisson wasn’t bothered as he made the save. Roma’s defense can be very difficult to break through that was another example of that. Radja Nainggolan took an ambitious shot from deep as we approached the ten minute mark but he skied it. Roma did seem to have momentum and control of the game but Chelsea started to look a little but better. With about 20 minutes gone Chelsea attempted to break down Roma’s stone wall defense. Eden Hazard continued to look sharp on the ball as he tried to strike it at Alisson a good effort but Alisson made the save yet again. It had seemed like Hazard was Chelsea’s only chance going forward if they were going to come back it would be in his hands. Roma got a chance a little while later off a corner as El Shaarawy sent it a cross of a corner he connected with Florenzi but it was a poor touch as it coasted over the goal. Despite that Roma playing very effective football. Chelsea minutes later would try to challenge Roma again with yet again Eden Hazard who continued to look strong in the first half. The Belgium international tried a strike from distance but once again Alisson made the save. Alisson continued to deny Hazard from attacking positions which began to frustrate Chelsea because at the time it looked like Hazard or bust so he was heavily relied on. Chelsea hit back again with Morata who hit a shot from the six yard box but he didn’t challenge Roma as it was flew over the bar. Nearing the end of the first half EL Shaarawy tried to get another when yet again Dzeko set him but this time the keeper got to it as the EL Shaarawy’s shot was saved. One minute later El Shaarawy got another chance but this time no one could stop him. In the 36th minute Radja Nainggolan hit a deep cross just past the half way line the ball bounced and Former Roma player Rudiger allowed to ball to hit the ground allowing El Shaarawy to get through into box and the Italian who wasn’t covered very well got his foot to it as he tapped it past Courtois to give Roma the shock 2-0 lead. Appalling defense by not just Rudiger but the entire Chelsea team to allow that goal to happen. It would be Stephen El Shaarawy’s second of the game and his 5th of the season. This would give Chelsea a mountain to climb as they found themselves down 2-0 away from home. Chelsea began to panic as they were struggling to get going they were in a huge hole they tried to get out of it with some late chances. Hazard would set up Marcos Alonzo with a chance Alonzo took a very good shot but Alisson was just to good as he made the save. Then with minute to go in the first half Fàbregas sent in a corner for Bakayoko he would connect on the header but he would miss. That would mark the end of the first half as high flying Roma was ripping up the premier League champions with a couple of braces from the Little pharaoh.
El Shaarawy celebrates his second goal as Roma come out flying in the first half
After the first half I Imagine Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was absolutely fuming after seeing that abysmal first half from his side. On the other hand Eusebio Di Francesco and his side were having a memorable game. The dominating display Roma showed in the first half would only continue for Roma in the second half. Early in the second half coming off a corner Diego Perotti connected with Edin Dzeko who hit a shot from the middle of the box but missed to the right. Dzeko find himself in a little bit of a slump scoring wise but has still been terrific and been a true leader for Roma I’m sure he will score again soon. Roma continued to look like the much better team as Roma just looked like they were in a different league. A little later Conte saw enough as he felt a change was needed Chelsea would go to their bench as Willian came in for Gary Cahill. Sadly for Chelsea it would make no difference as Roma’s dominance continued to haunt Chelsea on Halloween. Shortly after Morata’s missed shot Roma got yet another chance and once again they wouldn’t disappoint in the 62nd minute Diego Perotti took the ball from the right wing down the pitch cutting inside and would launch his strike from outside of the box on the left side beating Courtois to the near post. A terrific low strike into the bottom corner would make it 3-0 to Roma. A wonderful goal by the Argentine as both speedsters score in this game. It would be his 2nd goal of the season and much like EL Shaarawy it would be his first champions league goal.
Diego Perotti inflicts more pain on Chelsea as Roma make it 3-0
(Cont) Just a few minutes later Roma got a great chance when Edin Dzeko was on a near break with Chelsea defenders trailing him as all they Chelsea defense was on him. He was able to do what he wanted with the ball as it was school boy defending by Chelsea. He passed it to a wide open Diego Perotti he hit it but it went over it really should of been four and Perotti knew it to as he pulled his hair after as he missed. It was pretty much the only moment all game where he put his foot wrong. Chelsea would make their second change as Danny Drinkwater would come in for Fàbregas. Shortly after the sub Roma would have yet another chance. Radja Nainggolan would delivered a well timed pass to Dzeko but his shot just missed as he missed just to right of the post. Roma would make two changes Gerson would come in for El Shaarawy who got a standing ovation by the fans. Roma also brought back in Kostas Manolas who had been injured coming in for Florenzi. While Chelsea made their final change as Batshuayi came in for Morata who had a poor game. Roma continued to push forward the chances continued Gerson sent a ball through to Radja Nainggolan the Belgium hit a deep ball from outside the box but Courtois made a tremendous save to stop the ball. One minute later Radja Nainggolan connected with Kostas Manolas on a near perfect header but again Courtois came up with the save. Hazard tried to give Chelsea something late with under 10mintues to go Hazard took a shot from deep but missed. A few minutes later Drinkwater had a shot on goal but another Alisson saved denied Chelsea of a late goal. The game would end as a 3-0 Roma win at home; True brilliance from Roma and a very disorganized lifeless performance from Chelsea as Roma jump them to top the group. On a European night that will live long in the memory of these Roma players in a proper European performance.
Perotti explodes with excitement after scoring his first champions league goal
When these two teams played on October 17th we saw a thrilling very competitive game between two massive clubs we saw everything you would have wanted in a champions league game. It actuality we would not see the same type of game this was a pure display of domination. Despite Chelsea going into the game as favorites it would be Roma that showed the footballing world how good they are on a massive European night. It took Roma less then a minute to take the lead as EL Shaarawy scored a outrageous volley after 42 second to give Roma the lead. It would get worse and worse for Chelsea as Roma dominated this match as Chelsea was unable to stop what Roma were able to bring forward. Before the game I had said that El Shaarawy would be too much for the Chelsea’s defense to handle he is too quick too agile and will get into scoring positions. That is exactly what he did his movement on the ball as well as off it was causing all sorts of problems for Chelsea he grabbed two goals in the first half. Not only was he scoring but it passing was sharp he played the game with great confidence and basically he was able to do what he wanted. Stephen El Shaarawy has played so well lately scoring 3 goals in two games he has just been exceptional with his involvement. However Diego Perotti was so good tonight almost flawless performance so he is my man of the match which was a hard decision between El Shaarawy and Perotti. But Perotti edges it for me was comfortable moved well a complete game.The entire team played very well collectively all around Perotti goal was special as all as the speedsters caused relentless pressure Chelsea. Dzeko although he didn’t score put in a superb performance Steven Gerrard said after the game ” Dzeko put in a fantastic number nine performance I thought he was Roma’s best player tonight even though he didn’t score” after the game Roma dominated from the first minute to the last in what turned out to be one of the best European performances of my life time. Roma with this home win go to the top of the group meaning if Roma beat Atletico they will win the group. Chelsea had a horrid game were so poor on so many level even when they attacked Alisson and company was right there to deal with them; a night Chelsea will want to forget. Roma are clearly the better team at the moment and you could argue Roma could of scored more. However Chelsea did get a bit of luck as Qarabag got a draw with Atletico meaning Chelsea still are four points ahead of 3rd which means they will still in all likelihood go through. A memorable night for Roma one they will not forget for very a long time.
Man Of the Match: Diego Perotti (3)
Next Match: @Fiorentina, November 5th, 2017
Next Match in the Champions League: @Atletico Madrid, November 22nd, 2017
BY THE NUMBERS
On Target: 6
Pass Accuracy: 84%
On Target: 6
Pass Accuracy: 86%
Champions League Group C
A.S Roma 2-2-0 8Pts
Chelsea 2-1-1 5Points
Athletic Madrid: 0-3-1 3Point
Qarabağ: 0-2-2 2Points