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Tuesday UCL preview: Man City, Roma aim to complete big comebacks

Britain Soccer Champions League

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, left, falls as he vies for the ball with Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson during the Champions League quarter final first leg soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)


Three-goal leads for Liverpool and Barcelona have the English and Spanish giants, respectively, in comfortable positions in their UEFA Champions League matchups, but the work is far from complete.

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The Reds will head to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday in their UCL quarterfinals second leg fixture against Manchester City, who trails 3-0 after a receiving a thumping at Anfield six days ago.

Meanwhile, Barca will meet Roma in the Italian capital after picking up a 4-1 home victory at the Camp Nou last week.

The task for both Man City and Roma will be challenging ones, particularly because neither side can afford to concede a goal at home if they want to have a chance at reaching the final four.

Much of Pep Guardiola and his club’s chances bank on the availability of Mohamed Salah for Liverpool. The Premier League leader in goals scored remains a game-time decision for the Reds, although the Egypt international trained with the club on Monday.

City is coming off of two massive defeats back-to-back, with the Reds running wild last Wednesday before Guardiola’s group conceded three against rivals Manchester United in Saturday’s derby.

Roma’s attempt at a comeback may be even more unlikely than City’s though, with Barcelona having lost just once (yes, once) all season in all competitions.

In nine UCL matches this season, Barca has conceded just three times and posted six shutouts against their opponents. Needless to say, Roma has a long uphill battle to climb in order to turn around the tie.

The lone positive for the Serie A side is that 20-year-old sensation Cengiz Under could be available to play, after missing time due to an injury. The Turkish winger has scored six goals in all competitions in 2017/18 during his first season at Roma.