AS Roma vs Chelsea: 5 Talking Points
Roma all but seal sot in the next round as Chelsea collapse
In the last 135 minutes of football against Chelsea, AS Roma have scored SIX goals! The Italian side have gotten hold of Chelsea's weakness and are exploiting it.
Stephan El Shaarawy struck twice in the first half and Diego Perotti scored a screamer from outside the box to seal the game for the Serie A side. Here are the talking points from the game:
#5 Antonio Conte has to take the blame
From the line-ups to the substitutions, Antonio Conte got it all wrong last night. He made the mistake of starting Fabregas & Bakayoko together, played Azpilicueta as a wing-back again and if that wasn't enough, he played Gary Cahill as a right centre back and not on the left side – his usual place.
The debatable thing here is what's worse? Playing Gary Cahill or playing him out of position. The defender has lost it and should never be starting a single game for Chelsea ever again. He just can't man-mark a player even if his life was dependent on it.
Conte still could have done saved the game but his substitutions made things worse. Cahill was finally taken off, but instead of bringing in Zappacosta or Christensen, he opted for Willian and that forced Pedro to play as a right wing-back!
There is no way Conte can justify what he did last night and would be praying that he remains at the club. If the club board members were ruthless as they were in 2011, Conte would be marching out this week.