Wednesday October 18 2017
New Roma born at Stamford Bridge

Roma were famous for shying away on the big European stage, but a new and exhilarating approach was seen against Chelsea, writes Tom Scholes.

For quite some time, many have questioned the way that Roma play in big European nights, often being dominated or even humiliated, but there seems to be a change, at least judging by the evidence this season. After watching the 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea, I can firmly say this is the best I have seen the Romans play in a big European game for many years. They were outstanding going forward and played a big part in an exciting game in London.

Just a quick glance at the match highlights or at Roma fans on social media will tell you all you need to know about how they played, and coming from a neutral, they should have won this game. They may have found themselves 2-0 down after 40 minutes, but they were by far the better team and Chelsea could consider themselves quite fortunate to have such a large lead, at least before Aleksandar Kolarov’s wonderful goal to make it 2-1.

To be fair to Chelsea, David Luiz scored a peach of an effort and Eden Hazard was on the end of a clinical counter-attack, but both goals came against the run of play, with Roma controlling much of the game before the individual goals. Chelsea looked for all the world like the away team on their own turf. Eusebio Di Francesco’s side controlled the majority of the match and quite frankly looked like a side that could really compete amongst the big clubs in the Champions League.

Everyone this week will talk about how Tottenham Hotspur went to the Bernabeu and got a 1-1 draw against Real Madrid, but Roma played a lot better and in some ways were a lot more impressive that Spurs, being superb in attack and causing the Chelsea back line a lot of problems.

Following their positive draw at home with Atletico Madrid, who proved this week that winning away to Qarabag is not to be taken for granted, Roma are looking good in their pursuit of qualification from their group. If they do manage to reach the Round of 16, this performance in London will be spoken about as the game where we all saw a different side of Roma’s mentality. They were brave, they were assertive and they weren’t scared to take it to the Premier League champions, something that very few spectators would’ve expected to see.

Of course, when you have a striker as brilliant as Edin Dzeko, anything is possible. His two goals were very reminiscent of a mixture of Marco van Basten and Gabriel Batistuta, especially that beautiful volley! In many ways, this was a coming of age fixture for Roma, with their new Di Francesco/post Francesco Totti era in full swing and showing that they aren’t a team to be taken lightly, regardless of whether their former captain has retired.

Hopefully the Romans can continue this form going forward in the competition, playing with this bravery against other top teams and really testing themselves, not shying away from any challenge. Is the best yet to come from this Roma side? Who knows, but I’m excited to see where this team goes this season. 

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Have your say...
Love it how Roma get a draw and they are being lauded as the next best thing in Italy!! Yes, Kolarov's goal looked great, if you need to go to Specsavers and see the big deflection that took it over Courtois! As for Chelsea they have just lost to a team that hadn't scored this season!!

I'm sorry to say this but Roma won't even make the top four this season, Napoli, Lazio and Inter look too strong and Juve will make up the quartet.
on the 19th October, 2017 at 3:24pm
I was lucky enough to be there for the game. Roma where like the Home team!
Defence alittle unoragnised but really impressive. Roma fans are mental, amazing evening i would recommend going to Roma game.
on the 19th October, 2017 at 3:18pm
As a Juve fan it was nice to see Roma fight hard (and could have won). Right now the season just started and yes Napoli plays great and Roma is finding form. However, the squad depth of those teams isn't good and I expect Juve to pick things up starting in Feb and the other teams will start to buckle
on the 19th October, 2017 at 1:13pm
I don't know how much of last nights performance was to do with an under par Chelsea, but irrespective of that, Roma were impressive, & to be fair, they were also good in the second half against Napoli & took that momentum into last nights game. Still, it was only one match, & it'll mean little if they cannot sustain that attacking quality over a long spell.
on the 19th October, 2017 at 11:05am
Firstly I do not support Roma. They were fantastic last night and did Serie A proud. Anybody that says serie A is a poor league compared to EPL must be eating humble pie. So far only Man City has beaten a Serie A team (2-1)and that was at home. The EPL only has a lot of money and pays over inflated prices for average players. Look at what Atalanta did to Everton with their high priced and over paid players and now Roma at Chelsea! Now waiting for Napoli to give MC a beating at the San Paolo!
on the 19th October, 2017 at 9:25am
Roma were unlucky to walk away with only a draw it would have been interesting to see what kind of a difference moreno and manolas would have made if they were fit and started. Even so i not sure it says a lot about roma after all this is a competition in which conte has struggled as a manager. It would really be massive if they were able to get out of this group given the clubs they are up against and the resources they can call upon.
on the 19th October, 2017 at 8:26am
this is the difference between roma and the likes of Juve ,i dont juve been pegged back after going in front .but it was a suprising performance from roma tho and hopefully they will learn from this and avoid giving italian football another embarrasing 7 goal scorelline
on the 19th October, 2017 at 7:01am
great match by Luppi
on the 19th October, 2017 at 6:53am
Wow just one sort of good performance and its been taken to a hyperbole level. I only ever hear teams saying they deserve to win after going 2 goals down are from the small teams. Till Roma make it to the QF, lets our thought be conservative.
on the 19th October, 2017 at 6:07am
What a shame that wasn't 3 points! But given the AM draw, this was a decent result.

Just a shame so many of the Roma back-up defenders are poor.

Breathtaking goal by Dzeko too.

Roma are in the unusual situation where 5 points from their last 3 games will see them through, but 6 might not.

Chelsea will be dangerous in the return, but all's not well at that club, so maybe Roma should go for the kill.
on the 19th October, 2017 at 1:38am

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