WATCH: Two absolutely stunning goals in Chelsea vs Roma

Ruben Hill
October 21, 2017

"But now Nainggolan is Roma's player and I have great respect for him and for Roma, and also for my players".

However, both will be weary of the threat from Spain's Atletico Madrid who are in this spot, having lost to Chelsea and drawn to Roma in their opening two games.

Di Francesco praised his in-form striker, as well as the rest of his team, telling Premium Sport : "Dzeko was born to score these goals".

Edin Dzeko scored twice on his 100th appearance for Roma at Stamford Bridge as the Italians stormed back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 with 20 minutes remaining, only for Eden Hazard to salvage a point for English giants Chelsea.

And where N'Golo Kante's tireless covering would once have plugged the necessary gaps, his injury has left Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko as the midfield pairing, a partnership that is still some way from the finished article.

Chelsea had started a tough Champions League group with two wins.

"For me he is one of the best midfielders but he is an opponent".

Dzeko said that Roma, by pushing Chelsea to the brink on their own turf, proved how far Italian football has come in recent years. "I don't want to look at them as excuses, they are facts".

"David Luiz, he's been brought into midfield to thicken up and give another body".

Miralem Pjanic levelled with a superb free kick in the 29th minute and, just as Sporting seemed set to frustrate the hosts, Mario Mandzukic scored the winner with a superb diving header in the 84th minute.

"We realise at this moment in time we are stuttering a little bit in terms of the performance levels we have shown or are capable of".

"Last season, it was easier to play every game every week". So they can take some credit from that.

"It is important for us and a club for our players to speak about our work and what we do as a team. Has he listened? We will see".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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