Champions League Group F
Roma (1st Serie A, 9/9pts) v Dynamo Kyiv (3rd UPL, 18/27pts)
Wednesday, 19 September – 20:45 (CET)
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
September 16 v Reggina (A) WON 2-0
September 2 v Siena (H) WON 3-0
August 26 v Palermo (A) WON 2-0
August 19 v Inter (A) WON 1-0 (Supercup)
August 11 v Juventus (A) LOST 2-5
September 15 v Metalurh D (A) WON 2-1
September 1 v Kharkiv (H) WON 2-0
August 25 v Kryvbas (A) WON 1-0
August 19 v Karpaty (H) WON 7-3
August 11 v Metalurh Z (A) WON 1-0
Roma has a host of big names back from injury, some of which played in their 2-0 win away to Reggina. Juan, Pizarro, Mancini and Panucci are all available, thus relegating the likes of Cicinho, Aquiliani and Giuly to the bench.
Coach Luciano Spalletti for once has an abundance of quality players to choose from, making life extremely difficult for the Roma manager when it comes time to selecting the starting line-up. The only minor issue for the Romans is the fitness of goalkeeper Doni, who was injured against Reggina and may not recover in time for this match.
Dynamo Kiev are very fortunate, as with the exception of Pape Diakhate, they have a full strength squad to choose from. With no major injuries, they bring with them to Rome, their strongest possible squad, providing them with the best chance to get their Champions League campaign off on a good note.
Doni (Curci); Tonetto, Mexes, Juan, Panucci; De Rossi, Pizarro; Taddei, Perrotta, Mancini; Totti
Dynamo Kiev (3-4-3)
Shovkovsky; Fedorov, Markovic, Gavrancic; Kaddouri, Mykhalyk, Gusev, Rotan; Shatskikh, Bangoura, Michael
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Roma – Francesco Totti: The talismanic captain of the Giallorossi, Totti thrives on the big stage in Europe, and thus will be determined to lead his team towards attaining all three points against Dynamo tomorrow night. He is such a dangerous forward for any defence to handle, so if the Dynamo defence aren’t cautious, Totti will make them pay. He was arguably Roma’s most consistent performer in last seasons Champions League, and he will definitely be seeking a repeat of his fine performances this time round.
Dynamo Kiev – Ismaël Bangoura: Having scored five goals in his first eight games of the Ukrainian season, Bangoura is by far Dynamo’s most attacking and dangerous player. Roma will have to keep an eye on him, as five goals in eight games is not achieved by luck; he clearly knows how to score a goal. If Roma close Bangoura down however, Dynamo will struggle to find other avenues to goal, as they are extremely dependent on him.