AS Roma's strong start to the season

AS Roma's strong start to the season

Barça's upcoming Champions League opponents are fourth in Serie A with seven points from three matches

FC Barcelona begin the defence of their Champions League title on Wednesday away to AS Roma (8.45 PM CET). The Italian club finished Serie A runners-up last campaign and currently occupy fourth spot with seven points from the first three matches. After drawing their first game of the season against Hellas Verona (1-1), Roma have beaten Juventus 2-1 at home and Frosinone 2-0 away.

Edin Dzeko, on loan from Manchester City, is Roma’s main attacking threat. The Bosnian centre forward is one of just five players who has started all three matches in Serie A so far this season. The others are goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, defenders Alessandro Florenzi and Kostas Manolas, and midfield veteran Daniele De Rossi.

Keita and Falque

Amongst the Italians’ ranks are two former Barça players: Seydou Keita and Iago Falque. Both have featured in all three league matches while the latter got his name on the scoresheet against Frosinone on the weekend.

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