Ex-Chelsea midfielder unsure if the Blues can beat Roma

Antonio Rudiger

Now occupying the top spot in Group C, Antonio Conte's Chelsea will have clear chances of qualifying for the next round of the prestigious European tournament despite playing away from home at the monumental Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy. Antonio Conte's Premier League champions looked in fine fettle having just beaten rivals Tottenham at Wembley while Atleti have been one of Europe's preeminent sides in the past few seasons, reaching two finals and one semi only to be thwarted each time by local rivals Real. To do so they'll need to transfer some of their domestic defensive solidity to the European stage. "Chelsea also has the Champions League and then it's not easy", Ranieri, who managed Chelsea from 2000-04, told the Evening Standard. They lost Costa. The Conte up and downs we have. So while Roma's record isn't exactly comparable to the rest of the league it's still a huge improvement on recent years.

"Our group is a tough group with Atletico Madrid and Roma".

Both teams will be fully aware that a win in this game will be a crucial step towards qualification from the group. "It doesn't matter if we are in Italy, London or Spain, all that matters is getting the three points".

"However, it's a pleasure to watch Di Francesco's team on the pitch, they defend very well".

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.

Roma are in a good moment of form. After a blunder from Mile Svilar helped United beat Benfica on the last matchday, another error helped them win on Tuesday against the Portuguese side. He won the Coppa delle Fiere [Fairs Cup] [the goalkeeper actually played against Chelsea in this tournament on another occasion], which at that time was the name of the UEFA Cup, and also the Coppa Italia.

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