TEAM NEWS: Pedro & Cesc join Messi in attack for Barcelona against Bayer Leverkusen

Coach Pep Guardiola names a strong side for the Catalans' Champions League last 16 second-leg match at home to the German outfit. Barca lead 3-1 from the first leg
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has named a strong side as the Catalans look to seal their place in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday by seeing off German side Bayer Leverkusen.

First-leg hero Alexis Sanchez picked up an injury at the weekend and misses out as Pedro and Cesc Fabregas start alongside Lionel Messi in attack.

In midfield, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets all start for the Catalans, while Carles Puyol, Eric Abidal and Thiago are all sidelined along with long-term injury victims David Villa, Ibrahim Afellay and Andreu Fontas.

Barca lead Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 from the first leg.

Barcelona (4-3-3): Valdes; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Adriano; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Pedro, Messi, Cesc

Subs: Pinto, Muniesa, Bartra, Keita, Sergi Roberto, Tello, Cuenca

Bayer Leverkusen (4-4-2): Leno; Schwaab, Reinartz, Toprak, Kadlec; Renato Augusto, Bender, Rolfes, Castro; Kiessling, Derdiyok

Subs: Giefer, Oczipka, Friedrich, Ortega, Zenga, Bellarabi, Schurrle