Chelsea snatches draw as United wins

LISBON PORTUGAL- OCTOBER 17 Manager Jose Mourinho of Manchester United speaks during a press conference in Lisbon Portugal

Chelsea's draw with Roma shows their problems may culminate at the back, but have their roots elsewhere

Conte's side needed a late equaliser from Eden Hazard to secure a share of the spoils. "He has undoubted quality and he's been too often criticised, unfairly too", Di Francesco told AS Roma website.

"He signed Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) when he was injured, but he can't stop that he's injured and that's something he doesn't moan about, but why say it?"

The Belgian was not always as careful in possession as he normally is, but he stood out nonetheless and scored two brilliant goals, the first a smart controlled finish on the half-volley and the second a perfectly directed header.

Both of Roma's first two goals resulted from insufficient pressure on the ball in the middle third.

Former Manchester City forward Dzeko bagged a brace after the interval to give Roma the lead, only for Hazard to spare Chelsea's blushes with a late leveller.

"When we switched back to our system, we pushed deeper, we had chances and in some instances we played good football". Even when you play the best match in your career, he considers that you can play better in the next match.

He could have had more goals on Wednesday too.

Mourinho has lately been accused of being ultra-defensive especially when away to other title contenders.

"More than the goals, I really liked the work Edin did for his teammates", said Di Francesco after the match.

Speaking to reporters after the 3-3 draw, Conte responded: "A lot of time Mourinho has to see what happens at 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. "We're not bad." There has been no love lost between Conte and Mourinho with the Chelsea boss warning his players during the summer not to have a 'Mourinho season', a reference to the Special One's chaotic final campaign at Stamford Bridge before he was sacked. He whipped in some dangerous crosses and posed problems with his direct style.

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