Davide Zappacosta has told Chelsea what they need to do to beat AS Roma in the Champions League group game on Wednesday.
Chelsea will host the Italian giants at Stamford Bridge tonight as the Blues hope to take a step closer to qualification from the group stages with another victory in the competition.
Antonio Conte’s charges have lost their last two games in the Premier League and this will be a welcome distraction for the players who lifted the title last season.
Zappacosta, a summer signing from the Italian Serie A, who has played against Roma a number of times before arriving in England is fully aware of the danger the Italians pose tonight and has warning for his teammates.
“Roma are a very strong team, I know their manager Di Francesco and I know the players. It will be a tough match but at the same time I think this team can do much better than we’ve shown in the last two games.
We must stay strong and show a lot of personality. If we do that we can win the match. Roma are a good team in attack, they have some quality players, and defensively we need to be strong and try to keep the ball.
We’ve won our first two games and we have to continue in this way because if we beat Roma it will put us in a strong position, which means the game is very important.”
Zappacosta featured and scored in Chelsea’s opening Champions League game this season but was missing from Conte’s starting 11 when the Blues beat Atletico Madrid 1-2 at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium a few weeks ago.
The 25-year old will relish a start against his old foes on Wednesday after regular starter Victor Moses picked up a hamstring injury in Chelsea’s defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend.