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How will Barcelona line up against Roma?

FC Barcelona v AS Roma - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg One Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Barcelona are in Italy on Tuesday for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Ernesto Valverde’s side hold a healthy 4-1 lead from the first leg and will be favourites to progress but how will they line up?


FC Barcelona v AS Roma - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg One Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Nelson Semedo has been playing well since returning to the first team and could keep his place at right-back with Sergi Roberto again moving into midfield.

Samuel Umtiti should return in central defence alongside Gerard Pique with Jordi Alba back at left-back and Marc-Andre ter Stegen in goal.


FC Barcelona v Chelsea FC - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

The big question in midfield is whether Sergio Busquets will be fit enough to play, and if not who will take his place?

Busquets missed the win over Leganes but is in the squad for the trip to Roma, but it remains to be seen if he’s fit enough to start the game.

If not Valverde does have options, not least Andre Gomes who came in at the weekend and put in a decent display. Paulinho is also in contention for a start.

Elsewhere, Ivan Rakitic should start again with Andres Iniesta coming in for the ineligible Philippe Coutinho. That just leaves the right side and it’s possible we could see Roberto in midfield again in place of Ousmane Dembele.


Barcelona v Leganes - La Liga Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

In attack Lionel Messi comes into the game fresh from a hat-trick but Valverde has shown this season he’s not afraid to rest his star man in the Champions League.

Paco Alcacer is an option if Messi is given a break alongside Luis Suarez.

Possible starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Roberto, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez.

How do you think Barcelona should line up against Roma? Let us know your thoughts and line-ups in the comments below!

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