FOR THE FIRST TIME in his life England will need to have felt like house to Antonio Conte.
Usually, Chelsea’s supervisor can not wait to scarper again to Italy whether or not to lounge on the seaside in his budgie smugglers or watch his beloved Juventus.
So it will need to have felt a little bit unusual final evening when he couldn’t get onto a personal airplane fast sufficient to fly him again to Surrey to ponder a disastrous evening in his profession.
Conte watched his English champions dissolve earlier than his eyes on the very evening he wished to indicate them off as he returned to his mom nation on the primary working journey since leaving to change into Chelsea supervisor.
On the very begin and with only some temporary respites in between, his crew was run ragged; the defence abysmal and the spirit visibly sagging till they ended 90 nightmare minutes As a dishevelled mess.
This was Arsenal yet again. The sport only a few weeks into Conte’s reign final season when his ways have been trashed by an an identical scoreline, though he insisted later he by no means as soon as feared the sack.
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But the final time Chelsea misplaced this closely in Europe the board moved swiftly and didn’t give the supervisor any time to assume, axing Roberto di Matteo the very subsequent day. They usually have been European champions on the time.
Conte’s inventory is a bit increased than his predecessor however odd because it sounds, there’s been a spanking ready to occur for Chelsea currently, regardless of profitable three video games on the spin earlier than the wheels got here off final evening.
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They have been trailing to Watford, have been wobbly towards Everton and didn’t money in on a sackful of possibilities towards Bournemouth on Saturday.
Conte wants one other rethink and fast about find out how to get his crew buzzing once more as a result of there’s a distinct drawback in his crew and in simply 4 days’ time he has to take them to face Manchester United.
He can now not level to accidents – his favoured get out clause. N’Golo Kante is match once more, leaving solely Victor Moses within the therapy room.
The massive query was whether or not Conte ought to have began his little midfield chief Kante for a key match in a tricky European group.
The reply got here lower than a minute into the sport when Roma took a shock lead and Chelsea made an unwelcome little piece of historical past with the quickest aim they’ve conceded within the Champions League.
What occurred with Atletico?
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Chelsea followers as Atletico Madrid have been held to yet one more draw by minnows Qarabag.
It means Chelsea nonetheless have some daylight from the duo regardless of slipping into second, and a win towards Qarabag within the subsequent sport shall be sufficient to guide their place within the knockout phases.
From proper in entrance of the aim and 20 yards out Stephan El Shaarawy smashed a shot previous Thibaut Courtois.
That’s prime Kante nation. And the pint-sized warrior’s absence left an enormous gap in each sense in Chelsea’s defensive capabilities with out him there.
A curling ball in from the left from former Man Metropolis defender Aleksandar Kolarov was excellent for his previous Metropolis team-mate Edin Dzeko to nod the ball again into the yawning hole proper in entrance of the field with Courtois stranded like a startled, gangly goose.
El Shaarawy swept previous the dozing Marcos Alonso and with the skin of his proper boot planted a shot into the web, wheeling away in pleasure, ignoring the Chelsea participant’s daft try to assert handball.
Usually an early aim stings the shedding crew into life however Chelsea have been ragged for a good chunk of the primary half, with an absence of composure and a string of mis-placed passes that once more underlined the importance of not having Kante to mop up within the center.
The rag-tag play on the again was counter-balanced by Eden Hazard up entrance, the one Chelsea participant who appeared to know the urgency of the state of affairs.
He threatened Roma first within the fourth minute and once more after twenty minutes capturing straight on the keeper.
4 minutes later he turned deftly turned and shot from the sting of the realm. Had he picked wherever else it was a sure equaliser.
Perhaps that’s why defender Federico Florenzi selected to rake his studs down the skin of Hazard’s proper ankle in a bid to nullify Chelsea’s solely menace.
With their greatest participant nonetheless limping Roma struck once more with extra horrendous defending responsible.
Antonio Rudiger, a Roma participant till the summer season, stopped in his tracks and watched a cross from Radja Nainggolan sail over his head and into the field – clearly pondering his keeper had it coated.
However there was El Shaarawy once more on the run leaving the terrible Ceasr Azpilicueta in his wake to show one other shot previous Courtois.
Even Conte gave up then. No trademark histrionics, simply palms caught in his pockets. The sport was up.
By the top he had substituted his captain and the entire crew went into meltdown. Cesc Fabregas handed straight to Kolarov beneath no strain and he handed to Diego Perotti who raced into the field and struck the ultimate blow.
Perotti missed one other nice probability to make it 4 as did Kostas Manolas which might have really humiliated Chelsea.
Except he can plot a path out of this, Conte could be pondering of Italy as house once more very quickly – completely.
WHAT THEY SAID
Chelsea goalie Thibaut Courtois: “We knew Roma would begin with depth, we needed to equal it.
“Within the second half we dropped our preventing spirit and mentality. It can not occur. On Sunday (towards Man Utd) we have now to indicate we will combat.
“It is arduous to say what the issue is. This season each sport is a tough sport for everyone.
“We’ve to seek out that stability, that mentality of fresh sheets and never conceding straightforward possibilities.”