FC Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (C) shoots a free kick during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between AS Roma and FC Barcelona at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on April 10, 2018.  Photo: LLUIS GENE / AFP

 

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Barcelona return to full strength for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final with Roma at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Tuesday.

Captain Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets start in midfield after being left out of their 3-1 stroll against Leganes at the weekend, while Lionel Messi moves back up front alongside Luis Suarez following his hat-trick against the La Liga strugglers from a deeper position.

Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco has opted for a front two as his side look to overturn a 4-1 first-leg deficit, giving club-record signing Patrik Schick his first Champions League start alongside leading scorer Edin Dzeko.

Radja Nainggolan starts in midfield after missing the first leg at the Camp Nou, while central defender Juan Jesus lines up alongside Federico Fazio and Kostas Manolas as the coach experiments with a back three.

Roma (3-5-2)

Alisson Becker; Kostas Manolas, Federico Fazio, Juan Jesus; Alessandro Florenzi, Radja Nainggolan, Daniele De Rossi (capt), Kevin Strootman, Aleksandar Kolarov; Edin Dzeko, Patrik Schick

Coach: Eusebio Di Francesco (ITA)

Barcelona (4-4-2)

Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Sergi Roberto, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta (capt); Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez

Coach: Ernesto Valverde (ESP)

Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA)

AFP

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