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There are just hours to go until Bayern face Italian runners-up AS Roma at 20:45 / 8.45 pm CET this evening. has the last-minute matchday news from the Eternal City:

The warm-up...

...took place at a fair distance from the team hotel at a facility operated by Italian sports federation CONI. Arjen Robben, Xabi Alonso and Co worked up a sweat for around a half-hour before returning to the city-centre hotel.

The schedule until kick-off...

...involves a great deal of waiting. The players were sent to their rooms to rest after lunch and many will have caught a few minutes of sleep. They reconvene in late afternoon for a meal of pasta before the final team talk and the transfer to the stadium.

The weather...

...on Tuesday is cloudy, although more sunshine is forecast for the afternoon. The daytime temperature should reach a warm 25 degrees Celsius and is likely to be around 20 degrees at kick-off.

The kit...

...and the colours are agreed between the teams beforehand. Home team AS Roma will run out in their traditional dark red kit with yellow trim, with Bayern in an all-white change strip on the night.

The fans...

...are preparing an intimidating reception for the visitors. “Bayern are strong, but there will be 70,000 of us,” Roma boss Rudi Garcia declared. The Olympic Stadium will be full to capacity for a match involving Gli Giallorossi for the first time since June 2001. However, Bayern’s 5,000 strong travelling support will also make their presence loudly known.

The Italian media...

...has focused in its build-up reporting on AS Roma’s new-found confidence. “Roma have respect, but no fear,” declared La Repubblica. Rudi Garcia’s men have “everything to win and nothing to lose,” the paper said. La Stampa regards the clash as “a test of Roma’s European credentials. But Roma no longer fear anyone.”

Gazzetta dello Sport takes a stab at line-up predictions. “Rudi Garcia has his Roman arrows available,” the paper says, expecting wide men Gervinho and Juan Iturbe to start. Corriere dello Sport feels the only open questions relate to the choices at centre-back (Yanga-Mbiwa or Astori) and left-back (Torosidis or Cole or Holebas). The sports daily thinks the home side will line-up as follows:

De Sanctis - Maicon, Manolas, Yanga-Mbiwa, Torosidis - Pjanic, De Rossi, Nainggolan - Iturbe, Totti, Gervinho