A few pundits, such as preceding Italy and Juventus celebrity Alessio Tacchinardi, have said that Roma possess “no chance” of winning against Barca, especially in Camp Nou also it is clear that they might have to adopt an ultra-defensive approach should they wish to attract the tie back to the Olimpico living.
Eusebio di Francesco will probably be relying on the likes of Kostas Manolas and their highly rated goalkeeper Alisson to martial the defence through difficult terrain on Wednesday, while trusting that Edin Dzeko and Co. may harvest whatever chances they do afford to cultivate. The 2015 Camp Nou meeting between both sides – which the Blaugrana won 61 – will still be fresh in the memory of many of the players that take to the field on Wednesday and the Giallorossi is going to probably be desperate to prevent the same fate. Messi got two aims that day together with Luis Suarez also bagging a double and so they will once more be key to any success the side like.
Barcelona are among the favourites to get this season’s Champions League and Roma must be at their best if they are to stand a chance of derailing Ernesto Valverde’s men. If Roma do be able to upset the odds and pull off a result it will certainly make for an intriguing second leg in the Italian funding in a few days.