Chelsea can seal qualification for the Champions League knockout stages if they beat AS Roma and other results go their way on Tuesday night. The Group C rivals meet at the Stadio Olimpico to conclude the second half of their double header, having previously shared the points in a thrilling 3-3 Stamford Bridge draw on October 18.
Edin Dzeko and Eden Hazard scored two goals apiece in the six-goal spectacle, though both Eusebio Di Francesco and Antonio Conte will be keen on defensive improvements in Rome.
The Blues currently top the group with seven points from three games, and can qualify for the last-16 with two games to spare if Atletico Madrid fail to beat Qarabag in the Spanish capital on Halloween.
Conte plans to speak to N’Golo Kante before making a final decision on whether he features on Tuesday. Danny Drinkwater is also in contention to face Roma but Victor Moses (hamstring) will miss out as he continues his recovery.
Patrik Schick, Gregoire Defrel, Emerson Palmieri Kevin Stfansitedbusrman and Stephan El Shaarawy are further doubts for the Italians, though the latter pair could be available for Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco.
Chelsea and Roma have now faced each other five times, with the Blues edging the results. The 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge was their second draw, with Chelsea beating the Italians twice and losing just once before – a 3-1 Champions League defeat at the Stadio Olimpico back in 2008.
Chelsea have endured a five-game winless streak on the road against Italian clubs in the Champions League (D1 L4); the Blues conceding at least two goals on each of those occasions.
Conte says when you are playing so many games in a short period it’s difficult to solve problems overnight.
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Chelsea were a bit fortunate to get a draw in the reverse fixture and there is some awkwardness in the team at the moment. The defense is the real concern and Antonio Conte is not happy with them. A draw is a likely prediction for the tie.