Chelsea – Roma
Chelsea welcomes Roma at the Stamford Bridge in London in a match from Group C of the UEFA Champions League.
Chelsea are the top team in the group so far, winning both ot their games and having a perfect record of 6 points. After thrashing the undedog Qarabag in the first round, Antonio Conte’s team achieved a terrific win over Atletico Madrid in the Spanish capital. This was a major step for the Blues in the fight for progression to the next round.
As for Roma, they are also in a good position to do that. The Italian team is second in the group with 4 points won so far and being unbeaten in the first two rounds. If they manage to take some points against Chelsea in the coming two matches, this is going to be an important step for Roma in their goal of progressing to the next phase.
Both teams are having some difficulties in their domestic leagues.
Being champions of England, Chelsea’s performance in the Premier League lately is far from inspiring. Antonio Conte’s team suffered two consecutive defeats in the league. Especially dissapointing was their defeat against Crystal Palace – the weakest team in the league since the start of the season.
It’s clear that Chelsea are far away from their best form and they need to find a way to deal with the pressure. A good way to start doing it is enjoying a fine win over Roma in the Champions League. This would make the situation at the Stamford Bridge a little bit calmer.
As for Roma, during the weekend they suffered a home defeat against the leader in the Serie A Napoli. This means that Roma are already on 9 points behind the leader, which is a huge gap. The same could be said about them – a good result against Chelsea will lift their spirits.