April’s Champions League quarter-final comeback by Roma against Barcelona was one of the most remarkable in the competition’s history, with the Italians coming back from a 4-1 first-leg loss to advance on away goals courtesy of a 3-0 home win. The two clubs meet again on Wednesday, and while the stakes are clearly a lot lower in the International Champions Cup, there is potential for another thrilling encounter and for the Spaniards to get some semblance of revenge.
More recently the sides have clashed over the signing of Malcom from Bordeaux, with Roma agreeing a deal with the French club and organising his flight for a medical only to be beaten by Barca at the 11th hour, with the Brazilian opting for Spain instead.
Ernesto Valverde is missing a large number of his best players, though, after their excursions in Russia this summer, with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, plus a raft of first-choice defenders, still unavailable for selection. The Spaniards began their ICC fixtures with a draw against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, winning on penalties, and Valverde has four games to get is squad into shape before they open their La Liga defence against Deportivo Alavés on 18th August.
Roma, meanwhile, were hammered 4-1 by Spurs last week despite being closer to their strongest starting XI. They have, however, lost Alisson to Liverpool and Eusebio Di Francesco will therefore have substantial funds with which to improve his squad ahead of the 31st August deadline. One exciting addition this summer is Justin Kluivert – son of Justin – and it will be interesting to see how the forward performs against Europe’s elite.
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