Roma rely on Italian talent

For the first time since 2010, Roma start a Champions League match with a majority Italian XI – seven, to be precise.

The Giallorossi host Porto in the Round of 16 this evening, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

Of the starting XI chosen by Coach Eusebio Di Francesco, seven of them are Italian.

This has not happened in Europe’s most important competition in nine years.

Antonio Mirante, Alessandro Florenzi, Bryan Cristante, Daniele De Rossi, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Nicolò Zaniolo and Stephan El Shaarawy represent the Peninsula.

The only foreign players are Kostas Manolas of Greece, Argentina’s Federico Fazio, Aleksandar Kolarov of Serbia and Bosnia’s Edin Dzeko.

It’s not surprising, therefore, that Italy Coach Roberto Mancini is in the stands of the Stadio Olimpico to see his Azzurri in action.

Roma: Mirante; Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov; Cristante, De Rossi, Pellegrini; Zaniolo, Dzeko, El Shaarawy

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