Di Francesco sings Roma’s praise

AS Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco was understandably delighted after beating Chelsea 3-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Goals from Stephen El Shaarawy and Diego Perotti saw the Romans displace the Blues at the top of Group C after the big win at Stadio Olimpico.

"We really deserved this," Di Francesco said. "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."

Meanwhile, El Shaarawy said it was "the kind of night that you never forget, for the rest of your life" after his two goals, including a first-minute cracker, sent them on their way.

"This is a special night," the Italy international said. "It was my first brace in the Champions League, plus beating Chelsea 3-0 doesn’t happen every day."

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