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Champions League preview: As Roma take on Real Madrid, Ghent host Wolfsburg


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Champions League preview: As Roma take on Real Madrid, Ghent host Wolfsburg

The Champions League last 16 continues on Wednesday night when AS Roma host heavyweights Real Madrid.

Although underdogs Roma have turned the Stadio Olimpico into a fortress this campaign losing only once in 16 competitive fixtures but with unbeaten Madrid scoring freely in the Champions League this term – that record will be seriously put to the test.

Defender Kostas Manolas said: “Real Madrid is a strong team, they have players who are champions but we need to keep our heads cool and focused. When you play against these strong teams you need to give 120 percent.”

Real Madrid coach Zinadine Zidane will look to extend his unbeaten run since taking over the reins from Rafa Benitez in January as his side go in search of a record-extending 11th title.

Gareth Bale is still sidelined with a persistent calf problem while Pepe remains unavailable with a foot injury.

Marcelo has recovered from a shoulder problem and has travelled.

Eslewhere on the night Ghent entertain Wolfsburg in a battle of the last 16 debutants.

The Belgian champions will be without Hannes Van Der Bruggen and Peter Olayinka through injury, but Moses Simon and Brecht Dejaegere appear to have recovered from a minor knocks over the weekend and should feature.

Last year’s German league runners-up and Cup winners Wolfsburg will be boosted by their victory over Ingolstadt on Saturday marking their first win in eight Bundesliga games.

Coach Dieter Hecking is without Brazilian defender Naldo through suspension, fellow defender Carlos Ascues is also out as is striker Bas Dost.

Andre Schurrle however is fit again and should play.

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