Preview of the Barcelona vs Roma quarterfinals
Roma host Barcelona on Tuesday on the cusp of being ousted from the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals unless they can overturn a daunting 4-1 deficit at the Stadio Olimpico, Tom Sunderland previews the game for the Bleacher Report.
"It speaks of Barcelona's efficacy in the final third that even when floundering more than usual, they can rely on the opposition to apply the finishing touches themselves, as was the case in Catalonia on Wednesday. The relentless pressure of their midfield and attack paved the way to what ended up a comfortable win.
"Roma face the unenviable task of attempting to chase three goals against a side that welcomes any opportunity to break quickly, handing Giallorossi boss Eusebio Di Francesco a dilemma. Roma had their times tormenting Barca's back line on Wednesday and were only impeded by some brilliant goalkeeping from ter Stegen, while Alisson impressed at the other end.
"Di Francesco's tactics will dictate much of who has sway in Rome, with Edin Dzeko having struggled to find chances in Catalonia as a lone frontman and Radja Nainggolan's injury absence in midfield all too noticeable.
"Juventus' 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the first leg of their quarter-final means both Serie A giants are on the verge of departure from the Champions League. That leaves Roma in need of a miracle to take down a Barca side that's lost only once this season."