Chelsea were outplayed, outclassed and outsmarted in all areas of the pitch in the Italian capital on Tuesday night as Stephan El Shaarawy and Diego Perotti stole the show in an emphatic fashion.
The 25-year-old winger broke the deadlock in under a minute before doubling the home side’s advantage. Diego Perotti scored a long ranger in the second half to make the scoreline a semblance of their dominance as Chelsea looked out of sorts all through the game.
Analysing Chelsea’s woeful performance after the game on BBC 5Live, Neville attempted to put his finger on the difference between this current Blues team and the one from last season.
“What’s gone wrong for Chelsea? One word. Matic.”
“It’s as simple as that. The minute they sold Nemanja Matic was a mistake.
“When you had Matic sat in front of you, alongside [N’Golo] Kante, there was protection. Whoever made that decision needs sacking.
That is one of the poorest decisions I have ever seen in the Premier League.
“If you ask any of those Chelsea players who they would want back, they would say Matic. Chelsea replaced him with someone who is going to do the same job – [Tiemoue] Bakayoko is not that player, he is not a holding midfield player.
“They didn’t replace Matic. I wouldn’t have let him out of the building, I would have chained him to the training ground walls.”