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Josep Guardiola faces one of his old clubs when he takes Group E leaders FC Bayern München to the Stadio Olimpico to meet an undefeated AS Roma side.

Josep Guardiola spent 2002/03 as a Roma player
Josep Guardiola spent 2002/03 as a Roma player ©AFP/Getty Images

AS Roma will seek to build on an encouraging away draw at Manchester City FC when they host FC Bayern München on matchday three.

Previous meetings
• The clubs first met in the 1984/85 European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals, Bayern winning 4-1 on aggregate (2-0 h, 2-1 a).

• They met again in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League group stage when the Bavarian side prevailed 2-0 at home but then surrendered a two-goal lead at the Stadio Olimpico as Roma battled back to win 3-2, Daniele De Rossi, Francesco Totti and Marco Borriello among the scorers.

• The lineups in Rome on 23 November 2010 were:
Roma: Júlio Sérgio, Cassetti, Mexès, Burdisso, Riise, Greco (Simplício 46), De Rossi, Brighi (Totti 75); Ménez; Vučinić (Pizarro 82), Borriello.
Bayern: Kraft, Lahm, Van Buyten, Demichelis, Pranjić, Ottl, Tymoshuk; Kroos, Müller (Contento 73), Ribéry (Altıntop 77); Gomez.

Match background

• Roma opened their Group E campaign with a 5-1 home success over PFC CSKA Moskva – their biggest UEFA Champions League victory in eight years and joint biggest win ever in the competition.

• Their home record against Bundesliga teams is W7 D1 L3.

• Totti has played against Roma's last four Bundesliga opponents, starting with Karlsruher SC in the 1996/97 UEFA Cup. He has yet to lose a home tie against a German outfit.

• Bayern are chasing a third straight victory in Group E after back-to-back 1-0 wins over Manchester City and CSKA Moskva.

• The Reds have lost just one of their last 11 UEFA Champions League away games.

• On their last visit to Italy, Bayern triumphed 2-0 at Juventus in the 2012/13 quarter-finals (agg 4-0). Their overall away record against Serie A opposition reads W6 D3 L9.

Coach and player links
• As LOSC Lille coach, Rudi Garcia faced Bayern on matchdays three and four of the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League, going down 1-0 at home and 6-1 away.

• Josep Guardiola appeared four times in Serie A and once in the UEFA Champions League for Roma in 2002/03, playing alongside Totti and De Rossi. He spent 2001/02 at Brescia Calcio, making 11 Serie A outings.

• Guardiola's first encounter with an Italian club was in the 1992 European Champion Clubs' Cup final when Barcelona beat UC Sampdoria 1-0. He lost the 1994 final against AC Milan (0-4).

• Medhi Benatia spent 2013/14 with Roma (33 Serie A matches, five goals).

• Seydou Keita played for Guardiola at Barcelona (2008–12), winning two UEFA Champions League titles.

• Keita scored at Bayern for Barcelona in a 1-1 away draw in the 2008/09 quarter-finals (agg 5-1).

• Morgan De Sanctis faced Bayern with SSC Napoli in the 2011/12 group stage (1-1 h, 2-3 a).

• Maicon lined up alongside Dante in the Brazil team beaten 7-1 by Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-finals. Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Jérôme Boateng, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Müller – scorer of the first goal – all featured for Germany.

• Maicon's FC Internazionale Milano beat Bayern 2-0 in the 2010 UEFA Champions League final, and then on away goals in the last 16 in 2010/11.

• Ashley Cole put a penalty past Neuer as Chelsea FC overcame Bayern on spot kicks in the 2012 UEFA Champions League final. He converted another in the 2013 UEFA Super Cup shoot-out between the sides but this time Bayern prevailed.

• At the 2010 World Cup, Cole was in the England team felled 4-1 by Germany in the last 16, Müller registering twice.

• In the UEFA EURO 2012 opening game, Robert Lewandowski struck for Poland in a 1-1 draw with Vasilis Torosidis and José Holebas's Greece. Torosidis was in the Greece side ousted 4-2 by Germany in the quarter-finals, Lahm scoring.

• Holebas was born in Germany and made 74 league appearances for TSV 1860 München (2006–10).

• Thiago Alcántara was born in Italy, where his father Mazinho was playing for US Lecce. He made his international debut for Spain in a 2-1 loss to Italy in August 2011.

• Rafinha represented Genoa CFC in 2010/11 (34 Serie A games, two goals); Pepe Reina spent last term at Napoli (30 Serie A matches).

• Other connections:
Keita and Thiago (Barcelona);
Cole and Claudio Pizarro (Chelsea);
Rafinha and Mattia Destro (Genoa);
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Franck Ribéry (France);
Łukasz Skorupski and Lewandowski (Poland).

Match facts

• Maicon is a booking away from a suspension after picking up yellow cards on matchdays one and two.

• Totti, from the spot, was on target for the third successive game as the capital side ran out 3-0 victors at home to AC Chievo Verona on Saturday.

• Roma's five-match winning start to the Serie A season ended with a 3-2 loss at Juventus on 5 October. Totti converted a penalty in Turin, extending to 21 the number of consecutive campaigns in which he has scored a league goal.

• At 38 years and three days, Totti became the oldest ever UEFA Champions League scorer on matchday two.

• The Giallorossi have won five out of five at home in all competitions this season.

• Keita suffered a calf injury during Mali's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia on 11 October.

• Kevin Strootman, out since sustaining a serious knee injury in early March, returned to full training on 13 October.

• On the same day, Maicon signed a new contract committing him to the club until 30 June 2016. The deal includes an option for a further 12 months.

• Radja Nainggolan's equaliser earned Belgium a point against Bosnia and Herzegovina in their UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier on 13 October, Roma team-mate Miralem Pjanić having set up the home side's goal.

• Bayern are 11 matches unbeaten since losing 2-0 to Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup on 13 August.

• They put six without reply past SV Werder Bremen on Saturday, Bayern's biggest win in any competition since beating the same team 7-0 on 7 December.

• Xabi Alonso doubled the hosts' advantage with a free-kick: his first goal at club level since 28 August 2011. Lahm, who had scored one league goal in his previous 113 Bundesliga appearances, was on target twice – his first career double.

• The Bavarians have not conceded a goal in 748 minutes, since a 1-1 draw with FC Schalke 04 on 30 August – their longest run under Guardiola.

• Thiago Alcántara returned to training on 9 October after a knee injury that has kept him out since 29 March, but is sidelined again after partially tearing ligaments in the same joint five days later.

• Reina suffered a calf injury on 6 October and will be sidelined for several weeks.

• Javi Martínez (out since 13 August, knee) and Holger Badstuber (13 September, left thigh) are long-term absentees. Schweinsteiger (knee) is yet to feature for Bayern this term.

• On 11 October, Lewandowski set up Poland's second goal in their 2-0 UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying triumph over a Germany side featuring Manuel Neuer, Boateng, Mario Götze and Thomas Müller.

• The following day, Juan Bernat marked his debut for Spain with a goal in the European champions' 4-0 defeat of Luxembourg.

• David Alaba (Moldova 1-2 Austria, 9 October) and Xherdan Shaqiri (San Marino 0-4 Switzerland, 14 October) were also on target in UEFA EURO 216 qualifying.

• The day after the Roma game a Bayern delegation will meet Pope Francis in the Vatican.

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