Barcelona enter the UEFA Champions League once again, as the title holders as well as obvious favorites to maintain a solid performance throughout the competition. They face off against AS Roma at their home ground in this year’s edition of the European tournament who come to improve since being knocked out of the group stage last season.
Barcelona drew in Group E with AS Roma, BATE Borisov and Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
Earlier this afternoon, their official website gave out a 20-man squad list of who heading to Italy for the big match-up. The solid starters are all there including Champions League winning keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen as Claudio Bravo is recovering from an injury.
Gerard Piqué has also been added in, which is promising news for the fans following his 4 match ban in La Liga as he will assure solid defense if he starts. Only Bravo, Vermaelan and Dani Alves are being left behind.
We just might see a full strength and exact eleven of the Barcelona that defeats Juventus to earn their Champions League trophy last season. But knowing Luis Enrique, he is bound to let players like Sergi Roberto, Marc Bartra, Rafinha and Mathieu play or even start this upcoming match.
AS Roma face Barça once again for higher stakes as they played against each other in a pre-season friendly back in early August, with the Serie A runners-up losing 3-0. Energy will be in the air in Roma as the Italian fans are expecting quite a difficult fixture this Wednesday.