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Roma’s Di Francesco happy with deserving victory against Chelsea

Roma head coach Eusebio Di Francesco felt the impressive 3-0 Champions League win over Chelsea served notice of his side’s growing belief.

Di Francesco’s men played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago but the Premier League champions were no match for them in the return Group C encounter.

Stephan El Shaarawy rifled home a brilliant opener after 39 seconds and capitalised upon a wretched error from Antonio Rudiger on his return to the Stadio Olimpico to make it 2-0 before half-time.

Diego Perotti fired in a blistering third as Chelsea were overwhelmed after the break and Roma replaced them at the top of the standings.

“We really deserved this,” Di Francesco told a post-match news conference.

No tricks tonight, just treats! Happy #Halloween – and DAJE ROMA!
#ASRoma #RomaChelsea

— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) October 31, 2017
“Our fans deserved this great win and it’s no coincidence. I played many players today who helped get us into this competition.

“We have gained self-belief. There are more fights to come to establish ourselves, but we’ve proved we can play against any team with this mindset and collective effort.

“I knew we were facing a very good team. But I really believed we could be dangerous on the break, with our offensive midfielders and wingers and their runs, which we did, especially in the second half.

“We faced a very good Chelsea in the first half and did well to hold them back, before killing off the game in the second half.”

Roma lie fifth in Serie A with a game in hand on the sides above them and travel to Fiorentina this weekend.


Ajike is one of Nigeria's top Sportscasters with over 15 years of experience in writing and talking Sports.

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