Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Conte Needs to Halt Slide against Roma

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Conte Needs to Halt Slide against Roma

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Byline: Frank Lampard is part of BT Sport's UEFA Champions League coverage. Read Frank's column in every Champions League week European match zone

ANTONIO CONTE will want a win against Roma to put a stop to all the negative talk around the club.

Obviously, the pressure mounts following a defeat, but when Chelsea lose successive games, there is always going to be a lot made of it. This bad run needs to be addressed as quickly as possible -- and tomorrow night gives them an opportunity to do that.

I am really surprised at what has happened since the superb display against Atletico Madrid. Chelsea were so impressive but have since been outplayed by Manchester City and Crystal Palace.

Playing so soon after the loss to Palace could be ideal. They're at home, not under too much pressure in the group and can put in a performance to put things right.

Conte strikes me as the kind of manager that isn't too affected by speculation about what's going wrong or over his position. …

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