Champions League Group C, October 31 2017

Roma 3
  • El Shaarawy (1, 36)
  • Perotti (63)
Chelsea 0

In October 2017, Roma and Eusebio Di Francesco, the successor as their manager to the popular Luciano Spalletti, hosted the then Premier League champions Chelsea in the Champions League.

Both teams had already dropped points in a ruthlessly competitive group that also featured Atletico Madrid and FK Qarabag. An away victory would have secured Chelsea’s progress to the knockout stages and threatened Roma’s ambitions – just two weeks previous, the pair had drawn 3-3 in an entertaining fixture at Stamford Bridge.

Di Francesco’s team took the lead after only 39 seconds and, throughout a clinical performance, absorbed pressure from their opponents while finding the finishing touches to win 3-0. Here, in this exclusive feature with The Coaches’ Voice, the 49-year-old Italian revisits Roma’s approach to defeating one of Europe’s leading teams.

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