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Author Name: Justin Davis
Bayern promised red-hot welcome at Roma
Roma warmed up for Tuesday's Group E clash with a resounding 3-0 defeat of Chievo on Saturday and although Pep Guardiola's side routed Werder Bremen 6-0, Garcia wants a packed-out Stadio Olimpico to give the hosts something extra. "Bayern are ready and they will be on a high but we're counting on a red hot atmosphere at the Olimpico. We can't wait, it will be a fantastic game," Garcia said after Saturday's win, which left Roma just a point adrift of Serie A leaders Juventus. Roma have made a remarkable return to the Champions League following a three-year absence, following up a 5-1 defeat of CSKA Moscow with a creditable 1-1 draw away to Manchester City. As a player, Guardiola spent a season at Roma that was notably marked by a positive test for the banned drug nandrolone, leading to a four-month ban. Bayern's 6-0 win over struggling Bremen moved them four points clear of Borussia Moenchengladbach at the top of Germany's top flight, but striker Thomas Mueller expects a far tighter game against Roma. While Roma's strong point has traditionally been a formidable attack, that has often been accompanied by a leaky defence. Garcia notably rested Gervinho on Saturday, and the Ivorian's pace could prove key for Roma in what is expected to be a high-intensity start to the game on Tuesday. Doubts remain over the availability of forward Juan Iturbe although Roma are hoping he recovers in time from a knee injury.

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