Last chance Tuesday in UEFA Champions League Group C. Last chance for Atletico de Madrid to avoid joining Arsenal in Europe’s second tier. Last chance for AS Roma to claim top spot in one of this season’s toughest CL groups. Last chance for Chelsea to duck a January clash with Barcelona or PSG in the first knockout stage.
All three clubs needed a win to secure their objective, but Roma were the most likely to get that result in their home game v FK Qarabag.
Yes, Chelsea had beaten Atletico the last time these two teams met. But after a difficult run of seven low-scoring draws in nine games, including two shock draws with Qarabag, Atletico had rediscovered their touch in front of goal. They’d now scored twelve goals and conceded only one in four consecutive wins against Roma, Levante, Elche and Real Sociedad.
Chelsea had experienced troubles too, but they were back in form now with five wins from six games since the start of November, fourteen goals scored and only two conceded. This was going to be a quality game between two great football clubs. […]
By, Ayodeji Itasanmi (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) Stamford Bridge/December 5, 2017 It’s hard to know how Antonio Conte approaches this game with Atletico Madrid still in with a chance at qualification even if it’s a tall order. Conte has stated countless times that he doesn’t get to sleep whenever Chelsea end up losing a game so losing […]
Despite the chilly evening weather in the Azerbaijani capital, the stadium was packed. Premyer Liqa champions FK Qarabag were hosting Chelsea FC on match day 5 of the 2017 Champions League season.
Qarabag were their country’s first ever representatives in the group stages of this competition. And they’d acquitted themselves pretty creditably, drawing twice with recent CL runners up Atletico Madrid, and only losing narrowly to AS Roma at home.
Chelsea had ceded control of Group C though, in a pitiful, bumbling performance in Rome. Their slim hopes of winning the group stage were pinned on tonight’s results – Chelsea had to win in Baku, and Roma had to lose, or draw in Madrid.
London is Blue is a soccer fancast created by Chelsea FC fans from America and covers all things Chelsea. Hosts are @BBBusbee, @DanDormer and @NickVerlaney. London is Blue is proud to be presented by WorldSoccerShop. Visit them at www.WorldSoccerShop.com to find the best Chelsea FC gear! Part 1: AS Roma Review Chelsea 0-3 AS Roma, […]
Roma lined up in a 4-3-3 with Stephan El Sharaawy, Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti up top.
Chelsea reverted to their familiar 3-4-3 with Rudiger, Luiz and Cahill in center back, and Cesar Azpilicueta shifted out to right back. Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko started in midfield.
It was a slightly less compact, defensive setup than expected from Chelsea – they were away from home and top of the group – Roma needed a win much more than they did.
Either way, Antonio Conte would soon find out whether or not it was right tactical setup for this game. […]
By, Ayodeji Itsami (Twitter: @aryhorblueblood) Stadio Olimpico/October 31, 2017 We seemed to have finally turned a corner after recent wobbles but there isn’t a respite yet as the big matches keeps piling up with two in two different competitions this week. We face AS Roma in the Champions’ League on Tuesday and then we […]
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Chelsea faced off against AS Roma in their third champions league game of the season. At stake: the top spot in Group C. Roma were second on four points, having won and drawn their two games against the other group members, FK Qarabag and Atletico Madrid. Chelsea topped the group on six points, from two wins against the same opposition.
Roma were coming off a pretty good run of form – they’d won four of their last five games in all competitions, although like Chelsea they had lost their most recent league game at home, a 1 – 0 reverse to Serie A leaders Napoli.
Their London hosts though, had been going through slightly more challenging times. Chelsea were the EPL Champions, but they’d only won one of their last four league games. It wasn’t exactly a crisis (yet), but their hopes of retaining their title were fading with every game. […]
London is Blue is a soccer fancast created by Chelsea FC fans from America and covers all things Chelsea. Hosts are @BBBusbee, @DanDormer and @NickVerlaney. London is Blue is proud to be presented by WorldSoccerShop. Visit them at www.WorldSoccerShop.com to find the best Chelsea FC gear! Part 1: Atlético Madrid Review Chelsea 2-1 Atlético Madrid, […]
Chelsea travelled to Spain for their second Champions League match of the season, this time versus Atletico Madrid. It was a special occasion for the hosts, the first ever Champions League game at their brand new Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
Atleti and Chelsea have had some interesting shared history in terms of personnel recently: Thibaut Courtois spent a few years on loan in Madrid, and three of Atletico’s current squad had left the club, spent time as Chelsea players, before cycling back to Madrid – Filipe Luis, Fernando Torres and of course latest repeat signing Diego Costa.
Both clubs have also experienced a degree of success in this competition: Atletico were Champions League finalists in 2014 and 2016 (and also twice in the seventies). Chelsea were finalists in 2008, and actually won the thing in 2012. […]