How Chelsea should line up vs AS Roma

Antonio Rudiger

With Atletico Madrid in third place and yet to win in the Champions League this season, it could be a major scalp for both sides.

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Another hard night was in prospect when Aleksandar Kolarov and Edin Dzeko, two former Manchester City players who scored Roma's goals at Stamford Bridge, combined as the hosts took a first-minute lead.

Dzeko, Chelsea's chief tormentor at Stamford Bridge, was unable to turn home Perotti's subsequent set-piece and the former Manchester City striker collected El Shaarawy's pass to let fly only to narrowly beat the crossbar in the 53rd minute. The Brazil worldwide denied Chelsea forwards Eden Hazard, Alvaro Morata and Pedro Rodriguez on chance after chance.

El Shaarawy made it 2-0 before half-time, to put Roma in a commanding position in the game. The 24-year old elected to leave a long pass from Radja Nainggolan, assuming it would run on to his goalkeeper, but instead El Shaarawy nipped in and guided the ball home with a deft flick to extend the home side's lead.

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Stephen El Shaarawry's two first half goals left Chelsea with a mountain to climb in the Italian capital.

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

And the decision to shift Pedro to right wing-back was exploited by Roma after Fabregas, on his 100th Champions League appearance, gave the ball away to Kolarov.

Perotti spurned an easy chance for his second after Dzeko occupied three Chelsea defenders before finding his team-mate, who lifted the ball over.

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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