The last time Roma faced Barcelona in the Champions League group stage in November 2015, the Catalans registered a thumping 6-1 home win over the Italians. But the team coached by Eusebio Di Francesco that visits the Camp Nou in this edition, has some real favourable statistics as a visitor.
With what they have been in season, the team has only lost three games, two in the Champions League and one in Serie A against Juventus 1-0. While in Europe, they lost in the group stage against Atletico Madrid (0-2) and against Shakhtar Donetsk (1-2).
Before reaching the quarter finals, one of the six games that Roma drew away from home was during the group stage against Chelsea. While FC Barcelona managed to tie (1-1) a difficult game in the first leg of the round of 16 at Stamford Bridge, Di Francesco managed to match (3-3) in the London capital. Even so, in the homecoming both teams won 3-0 against the 'Blues'.
Roma knows how to act on big stages. Last October, they won in San Siro against AC Milan 2-0 and in January, drew (1-1) against Inter Milan. In addition to the matches in Rome, they drew some serious attention with their flamboyance. The Romans snatched three important points against high-flying Napoli by beating them 4-2 at home.
Now, Maurizio Sarri's team is trailing by four points behind the Italian League leaders Juventus, and in a ‘must win every game’ situation if they want to get the indispensable trophy. Therefore, FC Barcelona must concentrate on the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Champions League and take into account the danger that Roma may pose in the 2nd leg away from Camp Nou.
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Jeet Ghosh is a Football Journalist, living and working in Kolkata with 7 years of experience. He has also worked with Sportzwiki and India.com. Jeet is a sports lover but has special liking for football. He follows the football league’s around the world and is somewhat partial towards Real Madrid.