For the first time ever, Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Italiano has picked the tridente everyone’s been clamoring for: Jonathan Ikoné, Arthur Cabral, and Nicolás González. After Fiorentina have won their eighth Champions League in 2032, we’ll all look back to this moment as the start of it. Also keep an eye on Youssef Maleh, who draws the start against his former team. Álvaro Odriozola isn’t quite fit, so Lorenzo Venuti starts at rightback.
Venezia boss Paolo Zanetti opts for a very American midfield, with the enormous Taylor Tessmann joining Gianluca Busio in the engine room. The pace of Dennis Johnsen gets the nod over the craftiness of Mattia Aramu. The rest of the XI is pretty much what we expected.
Fiorentina (4-3-3): Terracciano; Venuti, Milenković, Igor, Biraghi; Castrovilli, Torreira, Maleh; González, Cabral, Ikoné
Venezia (4-3-3): Maenpää; Mateju, Caldara, Ceccaroni, Haps; Črnigoj, Busio, Tessmann; Okereke, Henry, Johnsen
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