Knockouts the target as Roma welcome BATE

"We want to be in Nyon for the next draw," Roma coach Rudi Garcia said as his side welcome BATE, with both sides desperate for a win and a round of 16 place.

Rudi Garcia says his side are aiming only for a win
Rudi Garcia says his side are aiming only for a win ©AFP/Getty Images

Possible lineups
Roma:
Szczęsny; Maicon, Castan, Manolas, Digne; De Rossi, Nainggolan, Pjanić; Florenzi, Džeko, Falqué.
Out: Gervinho (thigh), Totti (thigh), Torosidis (thigh)
Doubtful: Salah (ankle)

BATE: Chernik; Zhavnerchik, Polyakov, Milunović, Mladenović; Nikolić, A Volodko, Hleb; Stasevich, Gordeichuk, Mozolevski.
Out: none
Doubtful: none

Rudi Garcia, Roma coach
We have 18 players that will give everything to win, because there is no other target but winning. The team that wins will be the one that has more desire, and our desire is amazing. It is like a derby. The way we battle out on the pitch will show what we want. And we want to be in Nyon for the next draw.

Highlights: BATE 3-2 Roma
Highlights: BATE 3-2 Roma

Aleksandr Yermakovich, BATE coach
We have been in Rome for a week and this is not the first time we have been  in this city. It was a good idea coming here in advance, so we have had the chance to prepare ourselves best possible for this matchWe have seen their match against Torino and even if Roma conceded an equaliser in the last minute, they confimed what we know about them: Roma is a strong and solid team.

We rested a week before coming to Rome to prepare the game. This is the most important race for us: they have a lot of experience and tomorrow we'll see if our preparationwere good. This is the last game of the season, but the importance of the match is such that I don't even want to hear anything about tiredness or other excuses.

Weekend results
Torino 1-1 Roma (Maxi López 90+4; Pjanić 83)
The Giallorossi's winless Serie A run stretched to three games after they were denied by a 94th-minute penalty from Maxi López. Miralem Pjanić's free-kick – his seventh goal of the campaign – looked to have given his side a first away win since 25 October.

BATE – the 2015 Belarusian Premier League season ended on 8 November.

... under current competition format (post 2002/03)
... under current competition format (post 2002/03)©Getty Images

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Roma: DLLDWW
BATE: WDWWLW

Did you know?
Roma last reached the round of 16 in 2010/11 but have taken four points from their first two Group E games; find out more in our match background.