Ex-Chelsea midfielder unsure if the Blues can beat Roma
- Author: Eleanor Harrison Nov 01, 2017,
Nov 01, 2017, 0:15
The 26-year-old returned to training before last Sunday's Bournemouth game but did not play in the 1-0 win, and has now travelled to the Italian capital.
"We need to be ready in their stadium because it will be very, very hard". So, it's hard to compare our styles but if only for the difference in our height, we already had a different way of playing'.
"I was a player and I know very well after an injury, above all a muscular problem, a bad injury, it's very important to listen to the player, to find out his sensation and then make the best decision for him and the team".
The rematch in Rome's Stadio Olympico after a 3-3 thriller in London two weeks ago did not disappoint the 55,000 crowd in Rome as Chelsea coach Antonio Conte was frustrated on his return to Italy.
"It was an exciting game". Antonio Conte's Premier League champions looked in fine fettle having just beaten rivals Tottenham at Wembley while Atleti have been one of Europe's preeminent sides in the past few seasons, reaching two finals and one semi only to be thwarted each time by local rivals Real.
In the top five leagues only Barcelona (three) and Manchester United (four) have conceded less, while only United have kept more clean sheets than Roma, eight to the Giallorossi's seven. They got a draw against us but we're playing to win all three points'.
However, the former Chelsea and Roma boss admits that he loves what Eusebio Di Francesco has done with the Giallorossi team since taking over.
Antonio Conte's Premier League winners are finding things far more hard on the pitch than they experienced last season when they cruised to glory.
But despite the defeat, Atletico's 1-1 draw against Qarabag means Chelsea will progress to the knockout stages with a game to spare if they beat Qarabag in their next Champions League match.