Leo Messi leads Barça into the Champions League quarterfinals after scoring three goals against Chelsea in the Round of 16. Edin Dzeko is Roma's leading scorer, both in Serie A and in the Champions League.

Leo Messi leads Barça into the Champions League quarterfinals after scoring three goals against Chelsea in the Round of 16. Edin Dzeko is Roma's leading scorer, both in Serie A and in the Champions League. | MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

After last month’s vanquishing of Chelsea in the Champions League Round of 16, FC Barcelona, making a record-extending 11th consecutive appearance in the quarterfinals, gets set to take on AS Roma in a clash between two sides with top-ranked defensive units anchored by superstar goalkeepers, and boasting lethal goalscorers on attack.

When the game kicks off on Wednesday night at Camp Nou, Barça’s primary objective—besides scoring goals, of course—will be to keep Roma off the scoreboard and deny the Italian side an away goal advantage for next week’s second leg in Rome.

HOW BARÇA GOT HERE: See the results of every Champions League match this season!

Who’s In & Who’s Out

After the team trained on Tuesday afternoon, manager Ernesto Valverde released the following squad list for the first leg:

VIDEO: Get an inside look at Barça's and Roma's pre-game press conferences, detailed squad list info, and training session highlights!

Form Guide (all competitions)




VIDEO: Watch highlights of Jordi Alba's pre-game press conference!
VIDEO: Watch highlights of Ernesto Valverde's pre-game press conference!

Statistically Speaking

HISTORY LESSON! Wednesday’s game will be the fifth official match ever between Barça and Roma, with the previous four coming in the Champions League group stage in 2001/02 and 2015/16 . . . the last one of those games was a 6–1 Barça rout at Camp Nou . . . For Barça, Leo Messi and Luis Suárez scored twice each that day, Gerard Piqué scored once, and Edin Dzeko pulled one back for Roma in second half injury time . . .

HIGHLIGHTS: FC Barcelona 6, Roma 1. UEFA Champions League Group E. Camp Nou. Tuesday, November 24, 2015 (FULL GAME, HERE)

ELITE EIGHT! Barça has reached the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League for a record-extending 11th consecutive season . . . Here are this season's other three quarterfinal matchups:

Sevilla vs Bayern Munich
Juventus vs Real Madrid
Liverpool vs Manchester City

OH, THE MEMORIES! After Wednesday night’s first leg at Camp Nou, Barça will visit Roma for the second leg next week, on Tuesday, April 10, at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome . . . The site brings back wonderful memories for FC Barcelona fans, being the stadium where Barça won the 2009 Champions League final, a 2–0 victory over Manchester United . . .

FULL MATCH: Barça 2, Manchester United 0. UEFA Champions League Final. Stadio Olimpico. Rome, Italy. Wednesday, May 27, 2009.

HIGH FIVE! Barça is unbeaten in its eight Champions League games this season, and has outscored opponents 13–2 . . . At Camp Nou, Barça is unbeaten in the Champions League over the last five seasons, with 23 wins and 2 draws, and has outscored opponents 77–12 . . .

THE RETURN OF THE KING! Messi has 12 career Champions League goals in 19 appearances against Italian clubs . . . The Argentinian striker has 2 goals in 2 games against Roma, both goals coming in the last meeting between the two, a 6–1 Barça win in the 2015/16 group stage . . .

VIDEO: All of Messi's 12 Champions League goals against Italian clubs

CIAO, GIALLOROSSI! Roma finished atop Group C this season, finishing ahead of both Chelsea and Atlético Madrid . . . In the first leg of the Round of 16, the Italians lost at Shakhtar Donetsk, 2–1, but the valuable away goal was enough to give them an aggregate win following a 1–0 second leg triumph in Rome that sent them through to the quarterfinals . . . Dzeko’s 4 goals and 2 assists in this year’s competition means he has had a hand in over half of Roma’s 11 goals in the Champions League this season . . .

INSIDE LOOK: 10 things you should know about AS Roma

How to Follow the Game Live

As always, Barça’s match will be broadcast live around the world. We will also have live English play-by-play streamed on R@dioBarça. And social media users can get live updates on Barça's official Facebook and Twitter accounts as the action unfolds.

TV GUIDE: When and where to watch FC Barcelona vs. AS Roma

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