Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi has been selected to officiate the opening leg of the Champions League tie between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in the Bernabéu on Wednesday.
The 44-year-old is a protégé of universally admired referee Pierluigi Collina and has been overseeing Champions League games since the 2010-11 season. He has already taken charge of a Madrid game this season, the European Super Cup victory over Manchester United in Skopje in August.
In total, Rocchi has refereed four Madrid fixtures. His most recent was the 5-2 victory over Apoel in the 2012-13 Champions League quarter-finals at the Bernabéu, his only previous match at Real’s home ground. He also oversaw the 1-1 draw with Manchester City in the 2013-14 group stage and the 2-0 defeat at the hands of Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals in 2015-16.
Rocchi has only taken charge of one PSG game, in 2008-09, a 3-1 Champions League group stage defeat by Schalke in Gelsenkirchen.