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Edin Dzeko Considers Chelsea Among Champions League Contenders

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Alejandro Castrejon | Octubre 21, 2017, 16:48

Morata has made a strong start to life in England and has showed no signs of struggling to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League, with the striker having scored six goals and made two assists in his first seven top flight appearances.

Miralem Pjanic levelled with a superb free kick in the 29th minute and, just as Sporting seemed set to frustrate the hosts, Mario Mandzukic scored the winner with a superb diving header in the 84th minute.

For the visitors, Netherlands midfielder Kevin Strootman and attacker Stephan El Shaarawy are both expected to return.

Nikolaou headed home a late consolation for the Greek side.

Chelsea seized the advantage when David Luiz curled into the corner from outside the area, although that did not tell the story of a first half in which Roma were frequently on the front foot.

Driving rain meant the mostly uncovered 99,000-capacity Camp Nou was largely empty as it opened to fans for the first time since a violent crackdown of an independence referendum in Catalonia on October 1.

1 - Benfica has won only one of its nine games against Manchester United in all competitions (D2 L6), a 2-1 home win in the 2005-06 Champions League group stages.

"In the past we tried to buy him", Conte said.

Conte has now said that it was only a precaution, allaying fears that Luiz could be the latest Chelsea star to suffer from injury.

Matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions League came to an end on Wednesday, with a few stunning results capping off some wild mid-week action. All teams occasionally miss out on their favoured summer targets.

CSKA Moscow lost 2-0 at home to Basel, Bayern Munich defeated Celtic 3-0, while Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Anderlecht 4-0 in Belgium.

The Italians looked menacing in the second half and Kolarov delivered a dangerous-looking low cross into the box.

Dzeko's form earned recognition earlier this month when he was named on the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or award. Angel Di Maria completed the rout against the hapless Belgians.