“It is a good chance to make things a bit better after the last couple of games in the Premier League, and to get closer to what we want, which is to finish the group as the first team”.
That was Hazard’s last contribution in the game as he was replaced by Willian. The team is looking for a response going into tonight’s match with Chelsea. It has won consecutive games only once before in the competition, back in 2011-12.
The 18-year old Belgian, the youngest keeper to play in the Champions League, was undone by Marcus Rashford’s long-range free kick in the 64th minute, catching the ball before back-pedalling and carrying it behind the goalline with his arms outstretched.
The Bosnia-Herzegovina forward scored 72 goals in four-and-a-half seasons with City, before moving to Italy’s capital, initially on loan, in August 2015. However five minutes after going behind the Stamford Bridge side were back level, once again Hazard scored.
11 – Edinson Cavani has scored 11 goals in 10 Champions League games since last season.
True enough, Kante featured for the Blues in that game, and against Roma, should Conte opt to go 3-5-2, it will be Cesc Fabregas who will come in to the side as he did against Palace and play alongside Tiemoue Bakayoko.
He should’ve done better for the Kolarov goal, but aside from that he wasn’t bad. It also had fewer shots on target than any team so far (three in two games).
Thankfully for the Blues, Hazard popped up to score a late equaliser and earn Chelsea a point, preserving their unbeaten record in the Champions League this season. He knows them and their manager, Luciano Spalletti well, and you can bet that he’s got a very specific gameplan in mind to defeat Spalletti’s trademark tactics. The game has a scheduled start time of 2.45 p.m. ET (7.45 p.m. BST) and can be watched online through live stream (details below).