Barcelona vs Roma : Predicted lineups and team news
After the amazing victory in the El Clasico, FC Barcelona return to Camp Nou for the upcoming Champions League action on Tuesday night against the visitors AS Roma. Let’s take a look at the possible lineups.
Javier Mascherano received a blow in his thigh in a clash with James Rodriguez last Saturday and was immediately replaced by Jeremy Mathieu. He hasn’t been seen in the training session since and Luis Enrique has decided to keep him out of the team, “because he is a key player for us and we don’t want to take any risks.” As for Messi, the Barça manager was happy to announce that the Argentinian is absolutely fit and requires “playing time in his legs and to charge his batteries.” However, there are no spots open for Sandro Ramírez and Jordi Masip and also the injured Douglas and Rafinha.
With striker Gervinho being unavailable after being victim of a thigh strain on his duty for Ivory Coast, there had been positive hope in the Italian capital that Francesco Totti would perhaps be fit enough in time for this one. But it barely looks like that that is going to be the case, and to make things worse, winger Mohamed Salah is also out of the squad with an ankle injury received in the derby win against Lazio, and Daniele De Rossi remains quite tentative too.
At the pre-match press conference on Monday, Enrique exclaimed “It will be a very different game to the first one”.
Immediately after arriving in Barcelona, Roma manager Rudi Garcia said that “we know Barça will dominate the possession, so we’ll have to organise ourselves as well as we did in the first game. I’ve always thought that if we just try to defend then we’re bound to lose. We’ll have to take all our chances … Barça are a great team, they’ve got huge players and a great manager. They’re the best team in the world.”