Edin Dzeko has expressed delight after breaking the jinx against Chelsea as he finally scored against the Blues in the UEFA Champions League.
“When I was at Manchester City,” Edin Dzeko mused after Roma’s 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, “I never scored against Chelsea, but I made up for that tonight.” And how!
Dzeko struck twice in what was his 10th outing against the Blues, levelling the game with a thumping, first-time volley from a wonderful pass from deep from Federico Fazio before then heading the visitors into a 3-2 lead.
Eden Hazard salvaged a barely deserved draw for Chelsea, who looked like the away side all evening, with just 40 percent of the ball, and the man of the match award went to the brilliant Belgian.
But the night still belonged to Roma’s No.9, who was proclaimed “King Dzeko” by both Tuttosport and the Corriere dello Sporton Thursday morning.
At 31, he is in the best form his career, as underlined by his recent nomination for this year’s Ballon d’Or.
Dzeko’s double in west London has taken his Roma goals tally to 59 in just 100 games, a record made all the more remarkable given he struggled in his first season after moving to the Stadio Olimpico from Manchester City in the summer of 2015, scoring just 10 times in his first 39 appearances for the Giallorossi.
That makes it 49 goals in his past 61 appearances, which underlines just why Francesco Totti saw so little game time before his retirement.