How Chelsea should line up vs AS Roma

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Chelsea now sit top of Group C in the Champions League with seven points from a possible nine.

As the group action enters the second half, AS Roma will be looking to gain supremacy over group C by defeating Chelsea at home after their emphatic performance at the Stamford Bridge on Matchday 5 when the two sides face each other. To do so they'll need to transfer some of their domestic defensive solidity to the European stage.

It's easy to get carried away in the heat of the moment, but it's hard to explain exactly why Diego Perotti chose to act the way he did after Roma went 2-0 up against Chelsea.

In 10 Serie A games Roma have conceded just five goals, not just the fewest in the league but seven less than at the same point last season.

The match is the first part of a gruelling double-header for Chelsea, who then host Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday. They lost Costa. The Conte up and downs we have.

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The German is confident of taking three points from the Olimpico.

Atletico's surprise 1-1 draw at home to Qarabag means Chelsea's qualification hopes are not too badly compromised but, given Conte's recent agitation regarding questions over his future in west London, this was an ill-timed and punishing reverse.

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.

An ill-judged backpass across goal by Kolarov presented Alvaro Morata with a chance to level - the Spain striker blazing over - before Roma sprung forward to double their advantage nine minutes before the break. 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. The Frenchman's presence would make it a lot less easy for Roma to dominate the centre of the park as they did last time out.

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