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The ex-Milan ace believes that all three Italian representatives in the Champions League will have to dig deep to overcome their English opponents.

The Champions League battle between Italy and England gets underway tonight, with Inter playing Manchester United at San Siro and Arsenal hosting Roma in London.

“Both Roma and Arsenal will be severely depleted, however, the Gunners have a host of young players at their disposal and can maintain a high tempo,” Sky Italia pundit Zvonimir Boban told Radio Incontro.

“Roma got a crucial win against Siena, but that attitude will not be enough to defeat Arsenal.

“As for Inter, I hope that Manchester will crumble under the San Siro pressure, just like when Milan crushed them 3-0. Jose Mourinho’s men have to get off to a flying start, but I fear they will regret not having a really quick man in their squad - the Red Devils have Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.”

Juventus will cross swords with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night, and Boban feels that the Bianconeri’s defensive tactics will be crucial.

“They will have to be very focussed; Chelsea have a great character, which is essential in this kind of competition,” he noted.

“I think that [Claudio] Ranieri has finally sorted out his defence and understood that it’s a wise choice to have it sit deeper. But this way they end up handing the initiative to the opposition.”

Vince Masiello, Goal.com

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