Antonio Conte must be glad that Tottenham Hotspurs 3-1 defeat detracted attention away from his sides 3-0 humbling in Rome on Tuesday night.
Not just because the result was poor, I should say, but rather because Roma deployed a relatively basic system, adopted a good tempo, and took the English champions to the cleaners.
They will still be hurting, no doubt, especially if
remains injured, and
may feel inclined to employ a relatively similar approach to the Serie A side when he makes the trip to
With that in mind, here is a potential XI for the visit to Chelsea with a midfield three comprising of Nemanja Matic,Ander Herrera and Juan Mata.
Roma also went for a 4-3-3 and it worked to storming effect against the shaky midfield duo of Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas. Daniele De Rossi was the controller, Kevin Strootman provided the legs, and Radja Nainggolan injected forward impetus.
The rest followed, with Edin Dzeko serving as a physically imposing figurehead at No.9 whilst Diego Perotti and Stephan El Shaarawy pulled Chelseas back four apart from the flanks.
And while the likes of Paul Pogba andMarouane Fellainiwould be salutary to replicating this attacking mould, Mourinho can still deploy a front six capable of producing the same kind of dynamic that left Chelseas back four so unsettled earlier this week.
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