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Kante may return for Chelsea's trip to Roma

01 November 2017, 12:17 | Kenneth Drake

Nainggolan has long been admired by Antonio Conte even when he was in charge of Juve

Radja Nainggolan insists he does not regret snubbing Chelsea to remain at Roma

For the home side, things are looking good.

Ranieri suffered similar issues at Leicester last season, having just won the Premier League and then being forced to cope with the added pressures of European football. However, Roma have a game in hand at Sampdoria, who after walloping a decent Chievo side 4-1 at the weekend now have the best goals-for column of any team outside the top three and have scored more (22) than the other two teams above them - Inter and Roma.

After their mid-week trip to Italy, Chelsea host second-placed Manchester United on Sunday.

In Europe, meanwhile, they've looked more fragile.

Diego Simeone's team is going through a tough spell and is now four points back of second-place Chelsea with two games to go.

Conte's Chelsea were a shadow of the team that played at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.

Atletico's surprise 1-1 draw at home to Qarabag means Chelsea's qualification hopes are not too badly compromised but, given Conte's recent agitation regarding questions over his future in west London, this was an ill-timed and punishing reverse. "Moses needs more time", Conte told a pre-match press conference at the Stadio Olympico of players returning from Chelsea's mini-injury crisis.

Alongside him in the dugout will be Carlo Cudicini and our former 'keeper knows all about Roma, thanks to his father and former Roma stopper, Fabio. That move would be similar to the trick Di Francesco pulled in playing Gerson at right wing at Stamford Bridge, which helped with the extremely high pressing game that so startled Chelsea's back three. One can take nothing away from Chelsea after Conte's men raised several eyebrows by grasping a stunning away win when they faced Atletico on Matchday 2 at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The 25-year-old is familiar with Chelsea's Italian opponents of Tuesday, as he faced Roma on multiple occasions during his two years at Juventus.

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