Tuesday September 16 2014
Italians in every Champions League game

Tonight’s eight Champions League games all involve at least one Italian, including Mario Balotelli and Ciro Immobile.

The competition kicks off its group phase this evening and Juventus are in action against Malmo.

However, there is plenty of Peninsula representation elsewhere around the continent today.

Balotelli starts for Liverpool against Ludogorets, while Immobile is given the nod for Borussia Dortmund’s big match with Arsenal.

Alessio Cerci is on the bench for Atletico Madrid, hoping to make his debut against Olympiacos after a transfer deadline day move from Torino.

Domenico Criscito’s Zenit St. Petersburg take on Benfica, who now have ex-Milan midfielder Bryan Cristante in their ranks.

Andrea Raggi starts for Monaco against Bayer Leverkusen, but Giulio Donati is on the bench.

There are Italian representatives on the benches too, as Carlo Ancelotti leads Real Madrid against Basel and hopes to retain the trophy he won in May.

Cesare Prandelli makes his Champions League debut on the Galatasaray touchline against Anderlecht.

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