Roma vs Chelsea – Group leaders, Chelsea and second Roma face each other at Rome as they look to solidify their qualification to the next stages of Champions League.
Chelsea squandered a 2-0 lead at Stamford Bridge only to trail by 3-2 in the corresponding fixture. However, a goal from Eden Hazard tied the match for the Blues gaining them a crucial point.
Following Atletico Madrid’s draw against Qarabaq, a draw wasn’t a poor result for both the sides. Consequently, a win will most certainly seal qualification for either sides.
Chelsea are most likely to benefit from a draw, given their two point lead over Roma.
AS Roma were dominant in midfield at Bridge, but the English champions are likely to fight back this time around with the return of N’Golo Kante.
The Frenchman was injured in the international duty with France – leading to his absence against Crystal Palace, Roma, Watford, Bournemouth and Everton. Blues won three of those fixtures, while lost against Crystal Palace. However, none of those fixtures looked utterly convincing for Blues in midfield.
The former Leicester City midfielder was a key part of Chelsea’s resurgence last season. The midfielder racked up multiple individual awards and was also nominated in the top 10 of FIFA Player of the Year awards.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was quick to point out the growing confidence in his Chelsea side. The Italian said:
“Before the Roma game, we’d lost a couple of games. Now we’ve won three in a row.
“It’s important for us to overcome this sensitive stage of the season.
“But whenever you are playing seven games in 21 days, you don’t sort problems out overnight.”
The manager spoke further of his injury concerns with Victor Moses still sidelined following a hamstring pull.
“We’ve faced this situation since the beginning of the season. I hope it ends soon”, he said.
We had three injuries, two of which now recovered. Victor Moses (hamstring) will take more. But Hazard’s ankle, Pedro’s fractured face.”