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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.

 

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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.

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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”.


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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”.

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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).

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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.

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Eden Hazard’s aim is clear: the Belgian midfielder already won two Premier League titles and now wants to add more prestigious silverware to his trophy cabinet, as the Champions League one.

Speaking to Chelsea website ahead of the important clash against AS Roma in the main European competition for clubs tonight:

“I want to go far in the Champions League, for sure,” said the Belgian attacker.

It’s a good trophy and all the players around the world will one day want to win the Champions League.

At Chelsea we are no different and it’s a great competition to play in.

We beat Atletico Madrid in the lst game and that it’s not an easy place to go and win.

That was a good performance and we want to do the same. 

We want to get through the group as quickly as possible and we are ready for the game against Roma.


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Roma star Edin Dzeko knows really well Premier League sides and English football, having played four seasons in Manchester City.

Speaking to The Guardian ahead of tonight’s clash in Champions League against Chelsea, the Bosnian striker claimed:

“They are a very good team.

“I watch the Premier League every weekend and I was impressed with them last season.

“Conte gave them a different dimension, I would call that an Italian dimension.

“They are packed with fantastic individuals and a joy to watch, and no team can say it will be easy to go to Stamford Bridge and beat them.

“They are one of the teams that can win the Champions League this season.”

 

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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:

Goalkeepers

Alisson Becker

Lukasz Skorupski

Defenders

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

Midfielders

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

Strikers

Diego Perotti
Edin Dzeko
Cengiz Under
Stephan El Shaarawy

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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.”

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