Chelsea crumbled as Roma moved to the top of Champions League Group C with a 3-0 victory at Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night.
Before this correspondent had even finished writing his introduction the Italian giants took the lead in the Stadio Olimpico, courtesy of a sensational strike from Stephan El Shaarawy after just 39 seconds.
Radja Nainggolan's chipped pass forward was horribly misjudged by Rudiger, who let the ball run past him and El Shaarawy stole in to finish tidily.
"When you concede three goals, you must be anxious".
For his second, El Shaarawy owed much to the charity of Antonio Rudiger, the Chelsea defender who endured a forgettable return to his former club, before Diego Perotti brought the house down with another stunning long ranger after the hour.
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Chelsea responded well to the setback, with Eden Hazard to the fore. In a unsafe attempt at playing out from the back Aleksandar Kolarov passed straight to the feet of the Chelsea striker who somehow blazed a shot over the crossbar from five yards out.
Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco spoke to Mediaset Premium after the Roma-Chelsea game, here is what he had to say: "We knew we were going to have to suffer but we knew that we would hurt them if we played our game".
The centre of the pitch will be occupied by Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko, with Cesar Azipilicueta and Marcos Alonso operating out wide.
It was a bad night for the Blues.
"A defeat at Roma though, combined with an expected Atletico home win against Azerbaijan champions Qarabag, will make the group a three-horse race again".