PMB: Roma v Chelsea - talking points and numbers
news Tue 31 Oct 2017
Matchday Four of the Champions League takes the Londoners to the Eternal City in search of a significant three points. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton assess the away-game challenge…
Victory tonight for Antonio Conte’s men would guarantee progress to the knockout phase whatever the outcome of the Atletico and Qarabag game, thanks to a five-point cushion over the Madrid club. Chelsea travel in confident mood.
Second-placed Roma will be aiming to buck a trend of their three wins in 18 matches in this competition, hoping to assume leadership of Group C. Even at Stadio Olimpico they have not been strong: of the past eight Champions League matches there, including qualifiers, the Giallorossi have won one and lost four.
Yet the Londoners have only beaten Italian opponents on their own soil once previously, and have lost on the last three visits. The sole success probably made the Blues very popular with tonight’s home supporters. It was the stylish 4-0 thrashing of their deadly rivals, Lazio, with whom they share the Olimpico, in November 2003.
Until recently Italians celebrated All Saints’ Day on 1 November rather than Hallowe’en the night before. So will it be ‘dolcetto’ (little sweet) or ‘scherzetto’ (little trick) for the hosts when Chelsea come knocking tonight?
Antonio Conte’s side have won seven of the past eight away games in all competitions.
This evening’s hosts kicked off at home to Bologna two hours later on Saturday than the Blues did at Bournemouth, and won by the same margin. Chelsea’s first clean sheet since the 4-0 at Stoke on 23 September may have appealed to the head coach ahead of this return to his homeland almost as much as the Eden Hazard goal that earned yet another vital away victory.
It is nine years since the west Londoners’ last trip to the banks of the Tiber, only Carlo Cudicini (substitute goalkeeper then, assistant to the coach now) remains of those who made the journey from Stamford Bridge to play Roma on that occasion.
However there is plenty of personal experience of the fierce Roma welcome in the club ranks, not least in a former Juventus player and head coach, a defender in Toni Rudiger who spent two season there, and others such as Alvaro Morata, Marcos Alonso and Davide Zappacosta who visited as Serie A rivals. Two-and-a-half years ago Alonso scored in a 3-0 Europa League win there for Fiorentina.
Conte will hope his team play with the same control as Saturday at Bournemouth but more ruthlessness. A draw would be far from disastrous but a defeat would complicate Group C after a good start to the campaign.
The Londoners will be hoping to match the success of England Under-17s who won the World Cup for their age group in India at the weekend. Among them were five Blues youngsters. The 5-2 defeat of Spain Under-17s completed an incredible year for England and especially the Chelsea Academy, who sent twice as many players across the age groups as any other club.
It is worth remembering that these players may well encounter their peer groups many times over the course of their careers, and these achievements will stand them in great stead in all kinds of ways.
Under-20 World Cup winners
Under-20 Toulon Tournament winners
Under-19 Euros winners
Jay Dasilva (captain)
Under-17 World Cup winners
Across the Mediterranean in Spain tonight, Atletico Madrid need a win to restore faith in their Champions League campaign. On Saturday, thanks to Real Madrid’s surprise defeat, they drew level on points with their city rivals in fourth in La Liga, despite dropping two points at home to bogey team Villarreal. The Mattressmakers have now won once in seven games in all competitions, with Qarabag the visitors tonight.
The Horsemen, who earned Azerbaijan’s first ever Champions League point in the previous encounter with Diego Simeone’s men, had their Premyer Liqa match brought forward to Friday afternoon as usual, and won 1-0.
THE BEST THAT CAN HAPPEN THIS EVENING…
Progress to the knockout phase of the Champions League confirmed after only our second win on Italian soil.
Other Group C fixture
Tonight 7.45pm Atletico Madrid v Qarabag
|CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP G|
CHELSEA IN NUMBERS
This is our 26th season in European competition and 15th in the Champions League.
The Blues have topped our group in 11 of our 14 Champions League campaigns. In 1999/2000 there were two group stages and we were top team in the first and runners-up in the second one. We have only failed to progress to the knockout stage once, in 2012/13.
This is Chelsea’s first meeting with Italian opponents since the 2012/13 group stage when we drew at home and lost away to Juventus.
The west Londoners’ record in Italy is one win in 12 matches, with five draws and six losses.
|Our Champions League record|
|Group pos||Round reached|
|2005/06||2nd||Round of 16|
|2009/10||1st||Round of 16|
|2014/15||1st||Round of 16|
|2015/16||1st||Round of 16|
|Chelsea’s away record against Italian teams|
|1965/66||Roma||D 0-0||Inter-Cities Fairs Cup first round second leg (agg: 4-1)|
|1965/66||AC Milan||L 1-2||Inter-Cities Fairs Cup third round first leg|
|1965/66||AC Milan||D 1-1||Inter-Cities Fairs Cup third round play-off (agg: 4-4 after extra time - won on coin toss)|
|1997/98||Vicenza||L 0-1||Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final first leg (agg: 3-2)|
|1999/00||AC Milan||D 1-1||Champions League first group stage|
|1999/00||Lazio||D 0-0||Champions League second group stage|
|2003/04||Lazio||W 4-0||Champions League group stage|
|2008/09||Roma||L 1-3||Champions League group stage|
|2008/09||Juventus||D 2-2||Champions League round of 16 second leg (agg: 3-2)|
|2009/10||Inter Milan||L 1-2||Champions League round of 16 first leg (agg: 1-3)|
|2011/12||Napoli||L 1-3||Champions League round of 16 first leg (agg: 5-4)|
|2012/13||Juventus||L 0-3||Champions League group stage|
Chelsea’s past six games
30 Sep - Man City (h) - L 0-1
14 Sep - Crystal Palace (a) - L 1-2
18 Oct - Roma (h) - D 3-3
21 Oct - Watford (h) - W 4-2
25 Oct - Everton (h) - W 2-1
28 Oct - Bournemouth (a) - W 1-0
European games since
An away win: 0
An away draw: 3
An away defeat: 1
Chelsea's next three games
Chelsea v Manchester United
Sunday 5 November
West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea
Saturday 18 November
Qarabag v Chelsea
Wednesday 22 November
ROMA IN NUMBERS
3 Serie A titles, last in 2001
9 Coppa Italia trophies, last in 2008
2 Supercoppa Italiana trophies, last in 2007
1 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1961
Serie A Second
Coppa Italia Semi-final
Champions League Play-off round
Europa League Round of 16
Top scorer all competitions Edin Dzeko 39
Roma lost 0-2 to Manchester City in December 2014 in their most recent home European game against an English club.
At home this season, Eusebio Di Francesco’s side have won four games against Verona, Udinese, Crotone and Bologna, drawn one to Atletico Madrid and lost two to Inter Milan and Napoli.
Roma’s success at Qarabag on matchday 2 was their first victory in eight Champions League matches, home and away and including qualifying, since a 3-2 home win over Bayer Leverkusen in November 2015. The Giallorossi have won two of their past 18 games in the competition.
Roma have won one of their past eight home matches in the Champions League, qualifying included, losing four.
The Italian side were eliminated by Porto in last season’s play-offs. They reached the Europa League round of 16, where they were defeated over two legs by Lyon.
Roma legend Francesco Totti is the oldest player to score in the Champions League, aged 38 years and 59 days, in Roma’s 1-1 draw at CSKA Moscow in 2014.
Edin Dzeko won Serie A’s Golden Boot last term with 29 goals, followed by Napoli’s Dries Mertens and Andrea Belotti of Torino.
|Roma’s home games against English teams in Europe|
|1960/61||Birmingham City||W 2-0||Fairs Cup final second leg (agg: 4-2)|
|1961/62||Sheffield Wed||W 1-0||Fairs Cup second round second leg (agg: 1-4)|
|1965/66||Chelsea||D 0-0||Fairs Cup first round second leg (agg: 1-4)|
|1982/83||Ipswich Town||W 3-0||UEFA Cup first round first leg (agg: 4-3)|
|1998/99||Leeds United||W 1-0||UEFA Cup second round first leg (agg: 1-0)|
|1999/00||Newcastle Utd||W 1-0||UEFA Cup third round first leg (agg: 1-0)|
|1999/00||Leeds United||D 0-0||UEFA Cup fourth round first leg (agg: 0-1)|
|2000/01||Liverpool||L 0-2||UEFA Cup fourth round first leg (agg: 1-2)|
|2001/02||Liverpool||D 0-0||Champions League second group stage|
|2002/03||Arsenal||L 1-3||Champions League second group stage|
|2005/06||Middlesbrough||W 2-1||UEFA Cup round of 16 second leg (agg: 2-2 lost on away goals)|
|2006/07||Manchester Utd||W 2-1||Champions League quarter-final first leg (agg: 3-8)|
|2007/08||Manchester Utd||D 1-1||Champions League group stage|
|2007/08||Manchester Utd||L 0-2||Champions League quarter-final first leg (agg: 0-3)|
|2008/09||Chelsea||W 3-1||Champions League group stage|
|2008/09||Arsenal||W 1-0||Champions League round of 16 second leg (agg: 1-1 - lost 6-7 on pens)|
|2009/10||Fulham||W 2-1||Europa League group stage|
|2014/15||Manchester City||L 0-2||Champions League group stage|
|Ten-year European record|
|2007/08||Champions League quarter-finals|
|2008/09||Champions League round of 16|
|2009/10||Europa League round of 32|
|2010/11||Champions League round of 16|
|2011/12||Europa League play-offs|
|2012/13||Did not qualify|
|2013/14||Did not qualify|
|2014/15||Europa League round of 16 (having transferred from the Champions League group stage)|
|2015/16||Champions League round of 16|
|2016/17||Europa League round of 16 (having transferred from the Champions League play-offs)|
|Champions League Group C|
|12 Sep||Atletico Madrid (h)||D 0-0|
|27 Sep||Qarabag (a)||W 2-1|
|18 Oct||Chelsea (a)||D 3-3|
|31 Oct||Chelsea (h)|
|22 Nov||Atletico Madrid (a)|
|05 Dec||Qarabag (h)|
Champions League scorers
Dzeko 3, Kolarov 1, Manolas 1
Serie A scorers
Dzeko 7, El Shaarawy 3, Kolarov 2, own goals 2, Fiorenzi 1, Nainggolan 1, Perotti 1 (pen)
Days in charge: 140
|Serie A table - top half|
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Jonas Eriksson, his assistant referees and additional assistant referees are all from Sweden. Chelsea have never lost a match with him in charge, the three wins in five games including away successes at Porto on 25 November 2009 and Schalke the same day in 2014.
- Visit later for part two of the Briefing