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Team News: Lionel Messi returns to Barcelona XI

Team News: Lionel Messi returns to Barcelona XI
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Lionel Messi is recalled to the Barcelona starting lineup for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie with Roma.

Lionel Messi has been recalled to the Barcelona starting lineup for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie with Roma.

The forward sat out the recent international period through injury but after coming off the bench against Sevilla at the weekend, the Argentine is recalled by Ernesto Valverde.

Messi will partner Luis Suarez in attack, with Ousmane Dembele having to make do with a place among the replacements, while Sergi Roberto is moved into midfield.

Nelson Semedo has been brought back into the team by Valverde, with the right-back making his first start since February 24.

As for Roma, Lorenzo Pellegrini is the player who has been selected to replace Radja Nainggolan, who sustained an injury at the end of March.

Edin Dzeko leads the line for the Italian side, but Stephan El Shaarawy is only named on the substitutes' bench.

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Iniesta, Roberto, Rakitic; Suarez, Messi
Subs: Cillessen, D.Suarez, Dembele, Paulinho, Alcacer, Gomes, Vermaelen

Roma: Alisson; Peres, Fazio, Manolas, Kolarov; Strootman, De Rossi, Pellegrini; Florenzi, Perotti, Dzeko
Subs: Skorupski, J.Jesus, Gonalons, Gerson, El Shaarawy, Schick, Defrel

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1273234181624
2Sevilla1272324141023
3Atletico MadridAtletico12651168823
4AlavesAlaves127231712523
5Espanyol126331610621
6Real Madrid126242016420
7Real Valladolid1245399017
8Levante125251819-117
9GironaGirona124531314-117
10Real Sociedad124441514116
11Getafe124441110116
12Real Betis124441215-316
13EibarEibar124351218-615
14Celta Vigo123542220214
15Valencia1228289-114
16Villarreal122551113-211
17Athletic Bilbao121741319-610
18Leganes12246916-710
19Rayo Vallecano121471425-117
20Huesca121381025-156

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