Following Chelsea’s horrible defense show last night that saw them trashed 3-0, which could have been more by Roma, team manager, Antonio Conte has been accused of disrespecting Roma with his team selection.
Former Liverpool midfielder, Steven Gerrard, believes the Chelsea boss underestimated the danger at Stadio Olimpico, and paid the price for an adventurous line-up.
Conte had set out an adventurous line-up in Rome, and Gerrard was not amused by Chelsea’s defensive horror show.
Speaking with BT Sport, Gerrard said, “I think Conte disrespected Roma today (yesterday).”
“He showed Atletico Madrid fantastic respect by going with Hazard behind Morata and a lot of bodies behind the ball to pack the midfield.”
“Today (yesterday), he went with a very, very bold team selection and it’s backfired on him.”
Chelsea has now shipped in a total of six goals in their two games against Roma, proving once again that they sorely miss the presence of N’Golo Kante anchoring the midfield.
The injured Kante missed out on a place in Chelsea’s matchday squad at the last minute, however, Gerrard believes Cesc Fabregas is no replacement for the Frenchman.
“Fabregas doesn’t cover ground like Kante. He’s exceptional on the ball and can pick out the killer pass.”
Chelsea resume their Champions League campaign on November 22 away to Qarabag, where in spite of Tuesday’s result a win will see them secure qualification for the last 16. Chelsea has not kept a clean sheet in the absence of Kante due to his hamstring injury.