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Leo Messi surrounded by Roma players in the Italian capital / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

  • Roma were at the Camp Nou just four months ago for the 50th edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy. Barça won 3-0 with goals from Neymar Jr, Messi and Rakitic.
  • Barça have won their last eight Champions League games at the Camp Nou. Their last defeat at home was in the 2012/13 semi-final against Bayern Munich.
  • Luis Suárez, with three goals, is the top scorer in the competition so far. He’s followed by Neymar and Rakitic with two each.
  • Roma have scored six goals in their two away games in the group, but have just one point to show for their efforts on the road. They lost 3-2 at BATE Borisov and drew 4-4 with Leverkusen.
  • Several of the rival players this evening have played together for club or country in the past: Rüdiger and Ter Stegen (Germany); Digne and Mathieu (France); Nainggolan and Vermaelen (Belgium); Palmieri and Neymar (Santos); Keita and Mathieu (Valencia); Keita, Adriano and Alves (al Sevilla), and Szczesny and Vermaelen (Arsenal). And Seydou Keita, of course, was at FC Barcelona for four seasons (2008-2012).
  • Both sides have players that are one yellow away from a suspension. For Barça, Dani Alves would miss the game with Leverskusen if he is booked tonight, and Roma’s De Rossi and Nainggolan would also miss the last game in the group.
  • Barça have seven players that have featured in all four of their games so far: Ter Stegen, Mascherano, Rakitic, Sergio, Sergi Roberto, Luis Suárez and Neymar Jr. Roma have nine ever-presents: Szczesny, Digne, Torosidis, Manolas, Nainggolan, Iturbe, De Rossi, Florenzi and Salah.
  • Tonight’s match referee is Cüneyt Çakir of Turkey. His linesmen, Bahattin Duran, Tarik Ongun, Hüseyin Göçek and Baris Simsek are from the same country, as is the fourth official Mustafa Eyisoy.
  • Not counting Roma, the last time Barça played an Italian club was in the 2014/15 Champions League Final against Juventus, which they won to secure the second treble in club history.
  • Before playing Barça, it had been seven years since Roma played a Liga club in the Champions League. That was back in 2007/08, when they knocked Real Madrid out in the round of sixteen by an aggregate score of 4-2.


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