PMB: Roma v Chelsea - talking points and numbers

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. 

 England's triumphant Under-17s

Under-20 World Cup winners

Jake Clarke-Salter

Fikayo Tomori


Under-20 Toulon Tournament winners

Josh Grant

Reece James

Martell Taylor-Crossdale

Ike Ugbo

Tariq Uwakwe


Under-19 Euros winners

Trevoh Chalobah

Jay Dasilva (captain)

Reece James

Jacob Maddox

Mason Mount

Dujon Sterling


Under-17 World Cup winners

Marc Guehi

Conor Gallagher

Callum Hudson-Odoi

George McEachran

Jonathan Panzo


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. 


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

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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 posRound reached
2005/062ndRound of 16
2009/101stRound of 16
2012/133rdGroup stage
2014/151stRound of 16
2015/161stRound of 16
Chelsea’s away record against Italian teams
1965/66 RomaD 0-0Inter-Cities Fairs Cup first round second leg (agg: 4-1)
1965/66 AC MilanL 1-2Inter-Cities Fairs Cup third round first leg
1965/66 AC MilanD 1-1Inter-Cities Fairs Cup third round play-off (agg: 4-4 after extra time - won on coin toss)
1997/98 VicenzaL 0-1Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final first leg (agg: 3-2)
1999/00 AC MilanD 1-1Champions League first group stage
1999/00 LazioD 0-0Champions League second group stage
2003/04 LazioW 4-0Champions League group stage
2008/09 RomaL 1-3Champions League group stage
2008/09 JuventusD 2-2Champions League round of 16 second leg (agg: 3-2)
2009/10 Inter MilanL 1-2Champions League round of 16 first leg (agg: 1-3)
2011/12 NapoliL 1-3Champions League round of 16 first leg (agg: 5-4)
2012/13 JuventusL 0-3Champions 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


2017/18 scorers

Batshuayi 7, Morata 7, Hazard 3, Pedro 3, Alonso 2, Azpilicueta 2, Bakayoko 2, David Luiz 2, Fabregas 1, Kante 1, Kenedy 1, Moses 1, C Musonda Jr 1, Rudiger 1, Willian 1, Zappacosta 1, own goals 1

European games since

An away win: 0

An away draw: 3

An away defeat: 1


Chelsea's next three games


Chelsea v Manchester United

Premier League

Sunday 5 November


West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea

Premier League

Saturday 18 November


Qarabag v Chelsea

Champions League

Wednesday 22 November





Founded 1927


Major honours

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


Last season

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
1960/61Birmingham CityW 2-0Fairs Cup final second leg (agg: 4-2)
1961/62Sheffield WedW 1-0Fairs Cup second round second leg (agg: 1-4)
1965/66ChelseaD 0-0Fairs Cup first round second leg (agg: 1-4)
1982/83Ipswich TownW 3-0UEFA Cup first round first leg (agg: 4-3)
1998/99Leeds UnitedW 1-0UEFA Cup second round first leg (agg: 1-0)
1999/00Newcastle UtdW 1-0UEFA Cup third round first leg (agg: 1-0)
1999/00Leeds UnitedD 0-0UEFA Cup fourth round first leg (agg: 0-1)
2000/01LiverpoolL 0-2UEFA Cup fourth round first leg (agg: 1-2)
2001/02LiverpoolD 0-0Champions League second group stage
2002/03ArsenalL 1-3Champions League second group stage
2005/06MiddlesbroughW 2-1UEFA Cup round of 16 second leg (agg: 2-2 lost on away goals)
2006/07Manchester UtdW 2-1Champions League quarter-final first leg (agg: 3-8)
2007/08Manchester UtdD 1-1Champions League group stage
2007/08Manchester UtdL 0-2Champions League quarter-final first leg (agg: 0-3)
2008/09ChelseaW 3-1Champions League group stage
2008/09ArsenalW 1-0Champions League round of 16 second leg (agg: 1-1 - lost 6-7 on pens)
2009/10FulhamW 2-1Europa League group stage
2014/15Manchester CityL 0-2Champions League group stage
Ten-year European record
2007/08Champions League quarter-finals
2008/09Champions League round of 16
2009/10Europa League round of 32
2010/11Champions League round of 16
2011/12Europa League play-offs
2012/13Did not qualify
2013/14Did not qualify
2014/15Europa League round of 16 (having transferred from the Champions League group stage)
2015/16Champions League round of 16
2016/17Europa League round of 16 (having transferred from the Champions League play-offs)
Champions League Group C
12 SepAtletico Madrid (h)D 0-0
27 SepQarabag (a)W 2-1
18 OctChelsea (a)D 3-3
31 OctChelsea (h)
22 NovAtletico Madrid (a)
05 DecQarabag (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)

Head Coach

Days in charge: 140

Played 13

Won 9

Drawn 2

Lost 2

Serie A table - top half
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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.

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