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Chelsea, the reigning Premier League champions, suffered a massive setback following their dramatic 2-1 victory against Spanish giants Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano. But the Blues have failed to register a win since then and have suffered consecutive defeats in the league – the first one was against league leaders Manchester City at Stamford Bridge and the latest one occurred on Saturday evening against struggling Crystal Palace who are placed at the bottom of the league table.
The Blues, thus, had an opportunity to get back to winning ways and their home outing against Serie A heavyweights AS Roma was tipped to be an entertaining encounter. It indeed turned out to be a mouth-watering clash as Chelsea initially gave up a 2-0 lead to Roma who scored three past them. But a 75th-minute Eden Hazard header made it all square at Stamford Bridge as it finished 3-3.
Made a few routine stops and did well to deflect Kolarov’s cross from the left flank in the second half. Could have done little to deny Kolarov’s first-half goal though and had no answer to Dzeko’s sensational volley either. Was helpless once again when Dzeko scored with a header from close-range, picking up Kolarov’s well-taken free-kick from the left.
Was easily beaten by Aleksander Kolarov who hit back minutes after conceding the second of the evening. Lost a few duels and struggled against Roma’s pace, pressing and physicality at times. Maintained his calmness though and did well to make a few crucial clearances, tackles and interceptions.