Tags Posts tagged with "blues"


by -

Carlo Ancelotti returned to Stamford Bridge as a spectator in Chelsea‘s 3-3 draw against AS Roma in the Champions League last night.

The Italian manager, who won the Premier League and FA Cup with the Blues, posted this picture on Twitter:

“It’s a pleasure to return to Stamford Bridge to enjoy a great Champions match” wrote the Italian manager, who was sacked from Bayern Munich last month following a 3-0 defeat suffered against Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes.

Ancelotti himself is also a legend of AS Roma after spending 8 seasons in the capital – between 1979 and 1987 – as midfielder.

by -

Antonio Conte, speaking at a press conference after Champions League’s 3-3 draw against AS Roma, told journalists José Mourinho should stop talking about Chelsea focusing on his squad.

“A lot of time, also last season, I think he has to think about his team and stop – Conte claimed – To look at himself, not the others.”

The Manchester United boss suggested the Italian manager was “crying” about his injury problems, with Drinkwater, Moses and Kante currently sidelined. Moreover, also David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko suffered injuries last night.


by -

Edin Dzeko was a nightmare for Chelsea‘s defense as he scored a brace putting AS Roma ahead at Stamford Bridge, before Eden Hazard found a late equalizer and rescued a vital point for the Blues.

“A point is positive for us, plus we put on an incredible display, all of us from the get-go. – the Bosnia-Erzegovina forward said – It’s a shame we conceded the goals we did. We need to work harder, but we did well today.

“Chelsea are a strong team, they basically scored three goals from three opportunities. Our mentality was the right one, from the first minute we played our game against Chelsea, who are a great side. I’m very happy.”

AS Roma currently sit 2nd on Group C table with 5 points, 2 points behind the Premier League champions and 3 points above Atletico Madrid, who produced a clean sheet against Qarabag last evening.

by -

Eden Hazard was stunning in Chelsea‘s home draw against AS Roma last night. The Belgian star scored twice as the Blues rescued a vital point in their race to win Group C.

Hazard reckons the fans would have loved to win against the Serie A side: “I think for the fans it was a good game to watch but for Chelsea, it was like 50 per cent because when you are winning 2-0 at home, you must win the game”.

“But Roma have good players and they created a lot of chances and a least we take one point and it is not a bad result. We stay first in the group and we will go to Rome to win the game because we want to finish the job early”.

“It is not something I do a lot, score with my head,’ he said, ‘but it is good just to score although when we win the game it is better. We played better at Atletico and we won the game and I did not score, and I prefer to play this kind of game, but for the confidence it is always good to score”.

The Hazard added: “We gave everything until the end of the game, maybe we should score another goal to win it but one point is enough after two defeats, it is not easy to bounce back against a great team but we did”.

“After the game against Atletico which we won, the journalists and people were talking about Chelsea winning the Champions League but we know it is not easy, we face a lot of good teams in the competition – but we will see at the end. We are ready to go as far as possible”.

by -

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had to provide injury updates on Tiemoue Bakayoko and David Luiz, who was substituted early in the second half due to a problem on his calf.

“After the first half the doctor told me David Luiz had a pain in his calf, and the same for Bakayoko in his groin. – Conte told Chelsea’s official website speaking after the game against AS Roma – It was a good decision to try to protect him. In this moment it’s very important to protect the players”.

Conte underlined the absences of N’Golo Kante, Danny Drinkwater and Victor Moses“We must realise we had three important players out and this gives us problems, but I am not looking for excuses now.”

“I tried an extra defender to protect more the team, but in terms of the style and system I want to see, it must always be the same”.

by -

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wanted ‘to be honest’ when he spoke after his side’s 3-3 home draw against AS Roma last night, as he ‘did not like the type of football we did for a lot of the game’.

“It’s right to take responsibility for this. – Conte added – I tried with one hand to protect my team to become more solid, and move a central defender into midfield, Luiz. On the other hand, we totally lost our style of football. I didn’t like this”.

“In the end I think the result was fair. We were 2-0 up but we weren’t in control of the game and it’s right to take the responsibility for this”. 

“Sometimes you have to find the right solution to try to protect your team. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad. When we switched back to our system, we pushed deeper, we had chances and in some instances we played good football”.

“You know our situation very well. It was good to draw because Roma deserved this result. I have to praise my players because they showed me a big effort, a big commitment tonight otherwise we lose the game”.

Chelsea remain on top of Group C table with 7 points, above the Italian side (5 points), Atletico Madrid (2 points) and Qarabag (1 point).

by -

Chelsea were dominant in the first half as they scored twice with David Luiz and Eden Hazard before AS Roma defender Kolarov found the net reducing the gap. The Serie A giants completed the comeback in the second period thanks to Edin Dzeko, who scored a brace at Stamford Bridge and put the Giallorossi ahead for the first time.

Hazard, diverting a Pedro cross, sealed a 3-3 draw with a brilliant header. This result means that Antonio Conte‘s men remain 1st on table with 7 points, above AS Roma (5 points) and Atletico Madrid (2 points). Chelsea will face AS Roma again on October the 31st.

Alvaro Morata came back in action, while both David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko suffered minor injuries respectively on calf and adductor muscle, as manager Antonio Conte confirmed speaking after the game.

Chelsea (3-5-2): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta (Rudiger 77), Fabregas, David Luiz (Pedro 57), Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard (Willian 80), Morata.
Scorers David Luiz 11, Hazard 37, 75.
Booked Bakayoko 69

Roma (4-3-3): Becker; Peres, Fazio, Jesus, Kolarov; Nainggolan (c), Gonalans, Strootman (Florenzi 83), Gerson (Pellegrini 73), Dzeko, Perotti (El Shaarawy 88).
Scorers Kolarov 40, Dzeko 64, 70.

by -

AS Roma arrived in London last night as they prepare the upcoming clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (7.45PM BST). And manager Eusebio Di Francesco picked-up Kevin Strootman, who was a doubt for the Serie A giants after suffering a injury and missing out the weekend defeat against Napoli.

Also Stephan El Shaarawy is back and Rick Karsdorp may return to action despite he’s far from the best shape. The full squad below:


Alisson Becker

Lukasz Skorupski


Juan Jesus
Aleksandar Kolarov
Hector Moreno
Federico Fazio
Bruno Peres
Rick Karsdorp


Radja Nainggolan
Kevin Strootman
Lorenzo Pellegrini
Daniele De Rossi
Maxime Gonalons
Alessandro Florenzi


Diego Perotti
Edin Dzeko
Cengiz Under
Stephan El Shaarawy

by -

AS Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco gave his thoughts ahead of upcoming Champions League clash against Chelsea.

The Italian manager said: “We have to use all our physical strength against them, but at the same time also use the other two characteristics if we want to win. I could look at our opponents and see they have injury problems as well, but you know [Antonio] Conte was here last year as well so it’s not always about changing methods”.

“There is always the option to change things – we have different players and certainly I will switch some things around but I don’t want to reveal that here today. It’s a decision I will make tomorrow.”

The Giallorossi suffered a home defeat in the last Serie A game against Napoli, who are currently leading the table with 24 points. Roma, who still have one game in hand, are sitting 5th with 15 points.

“I want a different approach compared to the game against Napoli, – Di Francesco claimed – because we know tomorrow it will be a different opponent who are also motivated because they lost their last game in the league.

“We will be facing a different set of challenges tomorrow, and I will look at mine squad and it is certain we will have a different approach for the game to be ready for it.”

by -

Speaking at his press conference ahead of Champions League group stage match vs As Roma, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte reveals he is thinking about including Spanish striker Alvaro Morata in the starting XI.

“Alvaro Morata is in contention for tomorrow’s game. He has been training with us and in contention.” – Conte said – “We have players that are not used to playing three in a row. Kante and Moses, first time to play three games in a row, Morata the first time regularly, Alonso the same. Sometimes you have to take a risk, like Manchester City Morata got injured, but if I don’t start him you tell me I’m crazy. Sometimes the players need to rest.”

Also Chelsea have confirmed how Alvaro Morata came back to training session today, as the Blues are preparing for the upcoming clash against the Serie A giants (click here)



Carlo Ancelotti returned to Stamford Bridge as a spectator in Chelsea's 3-3 draw against AS Roma in the Champions League last night. The Italian manager, who...