Antonio Conte: 'Roma had more desire to win than Chelsea'

Radja Nainggolan

A win for Chelsea would secure a last-16 spot with two games to spare in Group C.

Simon Gleave, head of analysis at Gracenote Sports, said: "Chelsea's 3-3 draw at home to Roma two weeks ago did not affect the Blues' chances of progress too much because of Atletico Madrid's 0-0 draw at Qarabag".

A win in Antonio Conte's first match in Italy as Blues boss would have seen Chelsea advance to the knockout stages.

"A defeat at Roma though, combined with an expected Atletico home win against Azerbaijan champions Qarabag, will make the group a three-horse race again".

The Blues were stunned within the first minute when Stephan El Sharaawy scored an incredible goal from the edge of the box to put the hosts in front. Eden Hazard found himself in on goal but couldn't quite squeeze his shot past Alisson Becker, who made a smart save to deny the Belgian. 'But after 50 seconds, El Shaarawy scores a screamer - it's unfortunate after 50 seconds you're down 1-0.

To their credit Chelsea responded well and had a great chance of their own just moments after the opening goal.

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Chelsea scarcely deserved their 2-0 lead in London, but Roma were worthy of theirs here. Defender Antonio Rudiger - who recently transferred from Roma - was to blame, hesitating just long enough to let El Shaarawy onto the ball.

Kolarov fed Perotti, who danced by Pedro and struck a low shot under Courtois.

Diego Simeone's team is going through a tough spell and is now four points back of second-place Chelsea with two games to go.

The centre of the pitch will be occupied by Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko, with Cesar Azipilicueta and Marcos Alonso operating out wide.

Central defender Kostas Manolas, who had come on as a late substitute, nearly became the next Roma name on the score sheet with a bullet header, but Courtois pulled off a spectacular reaction save to deny the Greek global.

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