Roma go top of Group C after easy win against Chelsea

UEFA Champions League group stage wrap 31 October 2017

N'Golo Kante could return for Chelsea in Tuesday night's Champions League Group C clash at Roma. The Blues can make it an even ten this evening and even secure qualification if they win and results go their way. However, Roma have a game in hand at Sampdoria, who after walloping a decent Chievo side 4-1 at the weekend now have the best goals-for column of any team outside the top three and have scored more (22) than the other two teams above them - Inter and Roma. It was a simply stunning strike that shocked the entire stadium, especially the flat-footed visitors.

Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Rudiger, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Cesc Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso, Morata and star player Eden Hazard.

With Alisson's consistency, Roma has the best defense in Serie A with only five goals conceded in 10 matches. A Chelsea win and Atletico Madrid defeat against Qarabağ FK in Azerbaijan is the unlikely scenario that Conte's men are facing tonight if they want an early berth in the knockout stage.

El Shaarawy also scored an impressive goal in Roma's 1-0 win over Bologna on Saturday, and his form will be welcome to Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura ahead of the Azzurri's World Cup playoff with Sweden. Alonso saw his right-footed shot well saved, and Bakayoko's header from the ensuing corner flew just wide of the post.

"They're going to need to try to be clinical in the second half, because against Italians, they're going to defend".

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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. Chelsea struggled to put together any cohesive attacking moves and lacked the urgency of a side chasing a game. 'There are people around trying to destabilise, trying to make things not go easy for us. Either way Diego Perotti, who alongside Kolarov caused Chelsea all sorts of problems, will start on the left.

"They're not amazingly clear-cut chances, this one is a shot on his bad foot on the edge of the box".

Perotti nearly doubled his tally and turned the game into a rout just minutes after his goal after some excellent work from Dzeko. The Italy forward stabbed in a shot between two defenders.

Roma came back from two goals down to take a 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago and Conte said he was expecting "another very tough match". "It's very important in this moment to speak with the player". In the end Roma ran out as comfortable winners in a game that never really looked in doubt for the Italian club.

El Shaarawy's first goal came after only 40 seconds for Roma's fastest ever goal in Europe.

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