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FC Barcelona News: 2 April 2018; Preparations Begin for Roma Match

Barcelona Training and Press Conference Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Preparations get underway for Roma game | FC Barcelona
Following the thrilling Saturday night comeback against Sevilla, the FC Barcelona players were back in training this Monday morning on the Tito Vilanova pitch at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. The focus has shifted to Champions League action, with the team pitted against AS Roma in their quarter final first leg this Wednesday (8:45pm).

Star goalkeepers Ter Stegen and Alisson to square off Wednesday | FC Barcelona
Marc-André ter Stegen and Alisson Becker, two of the world’s premier goalkeepers, are set to face twice in a 7-day span when FC Barcelona and AS Roma meet in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. With the first leg set for April 4 at Camp Nou and the return leg set for April 10 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy, we take a quick look at how the two stack up.

The footballers who have played for both Barça and Roma | FC Barcelona
Take a look at the players that have defended the colours of both the Catalan and Italian teams during their career.

Messi’s goal at the Sánchez Pizjuán from every angle | FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi did it again on Matchday 30 of the LaLiga season. With FC Barcelona trailing the game against Sevilla, the Argentine -who had been brought on as a sub in the 58th minute- provided a moment of magic to equalise. A great shot with plenty of effect beat opposition goalkeeper Sergio Rico and claimed a vital point for Barça, two minutes from time. The draw continues the Blaugrana’s run of 37 games unbeaten.

VIDEO: All of Messi’s 12 Champions League goals against Italian clubs | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi will be back in the spotlight on Wednesday night and looking to add to his 12-goal tally against Italian clubs in the UEFA Champions League. Messi has played 19 games against teams from Italy in his career, and although he went scoreless through the first six, his dozen goals have come in seven of the last 13 matches he’s played against them.

Barça’s resilience stands out in nine La Liga comebacks | FC Barcelona
It’s no secret Barça has been incredibly resilient this season, although the team’s two late goals on Saturday night to salvage a 2–2 draw at Sevilla has to be ranked up there with one of the most impressive late comebacks in recent memory. It was the ninth time Barça has come back to avoid defeat, either with a win or a draw, this season.

Copa del Rey final should be called off if anthem is whistled - La Liga chief | ESPN
Barcelona go into the game at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano looking to win a fourth consecutive Copa trophy -- and with fans of the Catalan side’s alleged “disrespect” for institutions, including Spain’s King Felipe VI, having become an annual talking point around each showpiece occasion.

Barca face battle for De Ligt | Football Espana
Barcelona are facing a battle to sign highly-rated Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt with Arsenal reportedly entering the race for his signature. The 18-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Camp Nou this summer, with El Mundo Deportivo reporting last week the Dutchman was in the Catalan capital with a view to a move.

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