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Roma coach Rudi Garcia will be keen on getting their first group win in the Champions League tonightReuters

Italian giants Roma will be looking for their first win of the UEFA Champions League this season as they travel to the BayArena to take on German side Bayer Leverkusen in their Group E fixture of the tournament.

The Rome outfit currently remain the rockbottom side in the group after a loss and a draw in the competition this season. The German side, meanwhile, stay on top of the group with a win and a loss each. 

Spanish heavyweights Barcelona lead the group with four points from their two games.

Ahead of the game, Roma coach Rudi Garcia explained that his side need to up their performances now as that can have a bearing on their progress to the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League this season.

"We know Leverkusen are a very good side. They have played well in this group so far and they are really competitive. If we don't get results in the next two games it will be very, very difficult to progress," Garcia said in the pre-match briefing.

Being tactically flexible is how the French manager strategises ahead of each game, and he mentions that only a victory against the German side can give them the much-needed boost ahead of the remaining games from the group.

"We are using different systems in our games. We don't have to master just one; rather we must be tactically flexible. We have to put in a strong performance on Tuesday," Garcia said.

"A victory [against Leverkusen] would go a long way. It is not a decisive game, but it will point the way. There is no need to underline again the importance of this double-header against Leverkusen. We just have to give everything we have," he added.

For Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt, it is all about the subtle execution of their game plan that will help them execute another win.

"I don't like looking at the opposition so much," Schmidt said.

"We have to have our own plan and try to assert our game on them. [By winning against Roma] we have a great chance to take a big step towards the round of 16. We need a win and this is how we will play. Roma have a lot of quick players up front. Once they lead, they can counterattack nicely, which usually results in big wins. At the moment we have a small problem scoring. Nevertheless we play good football and I am sure we will take our chances again," the German manager added.

Team news

Bayer Leverkusen - Defender Roberto Hilbert (knee), and midfielders Charles Aránguiz (achilles), and Ryu (ankle) remain sidelined for the game. Star players Lars Bender (foot) and Stevan Kiessling (groin) also remain doubtful.

Roma - Apart from Seydou Keita and Francesco Totti -- who are nursing thigh injuries -- Rudi Garcia has a fit squad at his disposal.

Expected line-up

Bayer Leverkusen: Leno; Donati, Tah, Papadopoulos, Wendell; Kramer, Toprak; Bellarabi, Çalhanoğlu, Mehmedi; Hernández.

Roma: Szczęsny; Torosidis, Manolas, Castán, Digne; De Rossi, Pjanić, Nainggolan; Florenzi, Džeko, Salah.

Where to watch live

Bayer Leverkusen vs Roma kicks off at 8.45pm CET (12.15am IST, 7.45pm BST, 3.45pm ET).

Viewers in India can catch the game on Ten Cricket, and also stream the game online at Ten Sports Live.

Viewers in the UK can catch the game on BT Sport Extra, and also stream the game online at BT Sport Live.

Viewers in the US can catch the game on ESPN 2, as well as stream the game online on Watch ESPN and FoxSoccer2Go.

Viewers in Italy can catch the game on Italia 1, as well as stream it online on PremiumSport HD.

Viewers in Germany can catch the game on Sky Sport 1/HD, Sky Sport 4/HD, as well as stream the game online on Sky Go Deutschland.

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