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A woeful evening for Chelsea draws to an end. They have been demolished in the Italian capital tonight with Roma taking advantage of some appalling defending from the Premier League champions. The Giallorossi move to the top of Group C and Antonio Conte has plenty on his plate ahead of the visit of Manchester United on Sunday.

Full-time: Roma 3-0 Chelsea

Into added time now, here.

Here's Roma's final change, Perotti comes off to be replace by Lorenzo Pellegrini.


Roma have been lethal tonight; they have punished a woeful Chelsea and they are heading to the top of Group C.

There is one small ray of light for Chelsea tonight. Atletico Madrid are currently being held to a draw at home to a 10-man Qarabag.

10 minutes remaining at the Stadio Olimpico. Chelsea are spent, but Roma want more.

Roma almost have a fourth! Nainggolan lifts a superb ball into the six yard area with Manolas meeting it with a firm header, but Courtois produces a sublime reaction save.

Michy Batshuayi meanwhile has come onto the ineffective Morata.

Here are a couple of changes for Roma; el-Shaarawy gets a round of applause with Gerson onto replace him. Kostas Manolas meanwhile is onto replace Florenzi, who has impressed playing at right-back tonight.

It's Bakayoko's turn to stink up the joint; he hopelessly gives the ball away and Roma can spring Dzeko clear down the inside right. He really fancies a goal here and tries his luck from a tight angle but can't find the target.

Here's Conte's second change of the night; Danny Drinkwater is onto replace Fabregas.

That last attempt at defending from Chelsea was utterly dismal. As bad as they have looked at the back in many years.

Chelsea are shambolic at the back tonight. Dzeko leads the latest attack and inexplicably, three Chelsea players all rush to get near him, allowing Perotti to race through down the inside left in acres of space. Dzeko shifts the ball across to him and despite having all the time in the world to shoot, his partner in attack fires well over the bar.

Morata has struggled to hold the ball up all night; Dzeko has just provided him with a perfect example of how it's done; winning the ball on the half-way line and getting past Rudiger who has no choice but to bring the Roma striker down.

Roma have a third! It's pretty dreadful again from Chelsea; their passing has been rotten in this second half with Fabregas this time the offender. His stray pass is leapt upon by Kolarov who threads a ball upfield for Perotti. He races towards the box, easily scampering past Azpilicueta and driving a vicious effort past Courtois from 20 yards out.

Goal! Roma 3-0 Chelsea (Diego Perotti, 61)

Half a chance for Morata who cleverly holds the ball up on the edge of the D before exchanging passes with Hazard, but he scuffs his effort wide.

It looks like Azpilicueta will move into that back three with Pedro shifting over the fill that right wing back role. Willian joins Morata and Hazard in attack.

Conte is hanging around with his changes, Willian is coming onto replace Cahill.

Roma are looking for a third here. Perotti does brilliantly, turning his man and cutting inside from the left before playing a reverse ball into Dzeko. He takes the shot on from a tight angle but finds a clean connection, firing an effort just over the bar.

Morata now is left in a heap after tangling with Jesus but he is soon back up on his feet.

Chelsea have been very passive in these opening five minutes; ask meek as they have looked on the ball all game.

Dzeko tries the resulting corner into the net but his effort veers just wide.

Roma start this half brilliantly with Kolarov sparking the move, nutmegging Pedro with an outrageous stud roll before racing into the box to get onto the end of Dzeko's cross to force a corner.

And Roma get us back underway for the second-half.

Stephan El Shaarawy

Two goals from Stephan El Shaarawy have Roma in charge at the Stadio Olimpico. Chelsea have produced more efforts on goal than they mustered in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge but some poor finishing and costly mistakes at the back have cost them here. As things stand, Roma will move top of Group C tonight.

Half-time: Roma 2-0 Chelsea

One minute of time added on at the end of the first-half.

Another big miss from Chelsea! Fabregas floats the resulting corner in and Bakayoko has a free header at the far post, but nods it wide of the target.

Decent save from Allisson! Alonso cuts inside onto his weaker right foot and curls one for the far post but the Roma goalkeeper does well to push it away.

Chelsea appear to go as far as getting Azpilicueta's number up on the subs' board to take him off the Spaniard signals to the bench that he is able to continue.

Problems mount for Chelsea, Azpilicueta looks in some discomfort and he might have to come off here.

Roma have their second! Chelsea are undone far too easily again in almost identical circumstances. Kolarov lifts a ball in from the left that Rudiger inexplicably opts to leave, letting the ball bounce past him and into the box. El Shaarawy is on it in a flash with Azpilicueta late to react to his run and Courtois late to come out of his goal and produces a neat flick to stick it past Courtois.

Goal! Roma 2-0 Chelsea (Stephan El Shaarawy, 35)

Courtois denies Roma a second! It's a dreadful first touch from Luiz that invites Dzeko to race onto the loose ball and drive towards goal with options either side of him. He opts to find El Shaarawy, but his effort his a fairly meek one which Courtois blocks with his legs.

Hazard is back up but he is moving rather gingerly at the moment as he tries to shake off that knock.

Hazard again isolates Florenzi, wriggling inside him to reach the edge of the box before the Roma man appears to catch his ankle to bring the Belgian down. Play is waves on however with Hazard left in a heap on the turf. That looked a definite foul on the edge of the box; but more worryingly for Chelsea here, Hazard is still down.

Alonso is picked out down the left and he hits a first time cross into the middle where Pedro is attempting to get onto the end of hit, but Jesus does very well to get there first and hammer it clear.

Chelsea have had four efforts on goal so far this evening; as many as they managed at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago when they scored three.

What a miss from Morata! Roma try to play the ball out from the back and Kolarov makes an awful mess of it. The ball breaks to the Spaniard in the box with the only the goalkeeper to beat but he balloons a wild effort well over the bar.

Bright stuff again from Chelsea with Pedro driving inside from the right before finding Hazard in the middle. The Belgian's take is brilliant, instantly spinning Florenzi to work room for the shot but again his effort is straight at the goalkeeper.

Chelsea careless at the back with Strootman striding onto a loose ball before playing a dangerous ball inside through Cahill's legs in the process. The away side manage to scramble it away for a corner with el Shaarawy hammering the resulting loose ball clean over the bar.

Delightful from Hazard, cutting in from the left and jinking past Fazio as if he wasn't there before moving the ball onto his right foot. He has space to shoot but in the end it is rather an easy stop for Alisson.

A few loose passes from either side at the minute with Jesus and Alonso guilty of the worst offences.

Fabregas is starting to control things from midfield, spraying another wonderful ball out down the inside left channel for Morata. Florenzi again does well, however, tracking the Spaniard's run and winning possession from him.

Stephan el shaarawy

This is Stephan el Shaarawy's stunning strike that is the difference between the two sides at the moment. Chelsea have responded to it well, however, they don't look shaken here.

Nainggolan, one of the best long-range shooters in Europe, suddenly sees space opening up in front of him and hammers one on goal, but this one veers just over Courtois' bar.

Roma's opener; it was a long ball over the top from Kolarov that caught Chelsea out there; Dzeko was there for the knock down and El Shaawary was perfectly placed behind him to hammer home the half volley off the outside of his boot. Chelsea have responded well, however.

And here come Chelsea again! Eden Hazard gets in down the inside left, racing into the box shaping to shoot but stand-in right-back Florenzi does brilliantly to catch up with him and put him under enough pressure so that his eventual shot is a rather tame one.

What a start! Moments after that splendid chance for Chelsea, they fall a goal behind thanks to a stunning strike from Stephan El Shaaraw, who smashes a a half-volley past Courtois from the edge of the box and into the top corner.

Goal! Roma 1-0 Chelsea (Stefan El Shaawary, 1)

And Chelsea are in straight away with Bakayoko driving through the middle of the park before prodding a ball through for Pedro, but he looses his footing as he reaches the edge of the box.

And Chelsea get us underway.

Five minutes until kick-off in Rome; here's one last look at those starting XIs.

Roma team to face Chelsea: Alisson, Florenzi, Fazio, Jesus, Kolarov, Nainggolan, De Rossi, Strootman, El Shaarawy, Dzeko, Perotti

Subs: Skorupski, Moreno, Manolas, Gerson, Gonalons, Pellegrini, Cengiz.

Chelsea team to face Roma: Courtois, Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Bakayoko, Alonso, Pedro, Morata, Hazard

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Kenedy, Drinkwater, Willian, Batshuayi

Speaking to BT Sport, Antonio Conte has just explained N'Golo Kante is still not feeling 100% and with Manchester United looming on Sunday, he has opted not to take any risks.

With seven goals in his first 13 matches for Chelsea, Alvaro Morata already looks at home in English football, even if he doesn't fancy city life in London.

He scored on his first return to Italy last season; scoring against Napoli in the last 16 stage for Real Madrid following his return to the club from Juventus. Can he do it again tonight?

Alvaro Morata

The 3-3 between these two a fortnight ago was the first time a team managed by Antonio Conte had ever conceded three in the Champions League.

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Edin Dzeko's wonderful volley was one of the many highlights of an explosive evening at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago. The former Manchester City striker is out to get on the score sheet for the third successive Champions League game tonight for the first time since the 2009-10 season tonight.

Eden Dzeko
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Unfortunately for Antonio Conte, the list of players Chelsea missed out on this summer is an especially long one. One man on that list starts against them tonight. Radja Nainggolan was been repeatedly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, and at one point during the summer, the thought of leaving Roma did appear to cross his mind.

The Belgium international however chose to remain loyal to his club and will be one of the biggest threats to Chelsea's hopes of sealing qualification tonight.

Radja Nainggolan

Chelsea fans are already making themselves at home at the Stadio Olimpico.

Big news from the Chelsea dressing room; N'Golo Kante will not be involved at all this evening. Surely that means Antonio Conte has chosen to save him for Sunday's clash with Manchester United? Perhaps a sensible shout, if that is the case.

As for the starting XI, it looks like Antonio Conte has opted for a brave 3-4-3 formation. Antonio Rudiger retains his place in that back three with Cesar Azpilicueta pushed out to right wing-back. Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko continue in midfield where there is no place for Danny Drinkwater, with Pedro joining Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata in attack.

Alessandro Florenzi comes in at right-back tonight with regular options of Bruno Peres and Rick Karsdorp ruled out, with former Tottenham Hotspur defender Federico Fazio starting at centre-half.

Radja Nainggolan, who was chased and chased by Chelsea this summer but never wanted to leave Rome, forms a formidable midfield three alongside Daniele de Rossi and Kevin Strootman, while Stephan El Shaarawy, who scored a stunning volley to see of Bologna over the weekend, starts in attack alongside Edin Dzeko.

Chelsea team to face Roma: Courtois, Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Bakayoko, Alonso, Pedro, Morata, Hazard

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Kenedy, Drinkwater, Willian, Batshuayi

BREAKING: N'Golo Kante misses out tonight and doesn't even make the bench.

We've got the Roma team, but Chelsea are making us wait for theirs.

Roma team to face Chelsea: Alisson, Florenzi, Fazio, Jesus, Kolarov, Nainggolan, De Rossi, Strootman, El Shaarawy, Dzeko, Perotti

Subs: Skorupski, Moreno, Manolas, Gerson, Gonalons, Pellegrini, Cengiz.

BREAKING: Kostas Manolas only fit enough to start on the bench for Roma this evening.

Team news: Roma

Roma will make a late decision on the fitness of Kostas Manolas and Gregoire Defrel ahead of kick-off while Patrik Schick has been ruled out of the Champions League C tie through injury.

Manolas missed the thrilling 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago and has been sidelined since suffering a grade one thigh muscle strain during the Giallorossi's 1-0 Serie A defeat to Napoli on 14 October.

Sassuolo loanee Defrel also missed the first match against Chelsea with a thigh tear sustained against FK Qarabag in late September, although made his return as a substitute in the narrow Serie A win over Crotone in midweek.

Bruno Peres will have no role to play however after suffering a thigh tear of his own over the weekend.

Kostas Manolas
Manolas could miss out tonight.

Predicted Chelsea XI

Chelse XI

We expect Cesar Azpilicueta to take up that vacant role on the right tonight with Eden Hazard playing just off Alvaro Morata in a number 10 role. The Belgian excelled there at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago and with a formidable midfield behind him, he could thrive again tonight.

Chelsea host Manchester United on Sunday, but surely Antonio Conte won't hesitate to throw N'Golo Kante straight back in tonight?

So will N'Golo Kante return tonight? Antonio Conte sounded fairly optimistic of that happening when he spoke to the press on Monday.

I think it's very important, in this moment, to speak with the player and then see his sensation.

"I was a player and you know very well that, after an injury, above all a muscular problem - a bad injury - it's very important to listen to the player and what are his sensations and then make the best decision for him, for the team. For sure, tomorrow, we'll try and make the best decision.

Team news: Chelsea

Danny Drinkwater made his belated Blues debut in the Carabao Cup victory over Everton last week and is expected to be part of Antonio Conte's squad this evening. Victor Moses however remains absent as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury, meaning there could be a start for Italy international Davide Zappacosta.

Danny Drinkwater

Team news: Chelsea

N'Golo Kante has not played for the Blues since returning from October's international break with a hamstring injury. That's five games he has missed, including the 3-3 thriller at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago, but the former Leicester City star is contention to return tonight having returned to full training.

N'Golo Kante

It's Halloween, so what better way to celebrate the pointless occasion by ignoring it completely and joining us for the Champions League tonight?

Chelsea and Roma shared a thriller at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago. Our focus tonight is on the return fixture at the Stadio Olimpico where the Giallorossi can replace the Blues at the summit of Group C with a victory tonight.

Antonio Conte could be forgiven for keeping one eye on Sunday's Premier League showdown with Manchester United, but his return to Italy tonight is hugely pivotal in itself; with three points enough to guarantee his side a place in the last 16 of the competition.

Let's pick up from where we left off at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago, please. Team news on its way shortly.