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AS Roma vs. Chelsea, Champions League: Half-time report

A better 45 minutes than any of the 90 two weeks ago, and yet here we are losing 2-0 at the half...

AS Roma v Chelsea FC - UEFA Champions League Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images

The irony of the situation is that Chelsea have played a fair distance better than we did two weeks ago, and yet it’s Roma who are leading at the half thanks to a ridiculous El Shaarawy finish in the first minute and then a couple ridiculous errors, most notably from Antonio Rudiger to gift a second to the home side. Meanwhile, the ridiculous non-call from the referee denied Chelsea not only a free kick in a great position but has left Hazard clearly hobbled. There was also a ridiculous miss from Morata, a couple great chances for Hazard (before the knock), and at least one for Pedro, all of which went begging. Bakayoko then missed an empty net on a corner just for the fun of it.

And so Chelsea are behind 2-0 at the half, in an almost exact reversal of the first leg, when Roma had the better of play and yet were losing at the half (though it was 2-1 at that point). Are we in for another 3-3 then?

In the other game, Qarabag are doing us a massive favor and lead 1-0 at the half over Atletico.

Chelsea have had chances, forcing Alisson into no less than five saves and missing with a few other easy ones. If we make those count and cut out the mistakes and sloppy play at the other end, we can come back easily. Azpi knock another possible worry, but we might be better off with Zappacosta anyway in that position.


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