BARÇA PLAYS THE SEASON
Barça will look to continue with the dream of the Champions at expense of Napoli
Published:7/08/2020 - 21:38h
Updated:8/08/2020 - 19:39h
FC Barcelona host Napoli this Saturday in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16. The Catalans play the season against the Neapolitans and must win to be in the 'eighth final' in Lisbon
The FC Barcelona plays the season this Saturday from the 21:00 hours against the Naples. The Barcelona receive to the group napolitano in the Camp Nou in the turn of the eighth of final of Champions League. The one who happen will classify for the chambers and will be in the 'final to eight' of Lisbon. It will be a commitment complicated for the culés, that still like this split like clear favourites to win and can aspire to this League of Champions.
The blaugrana need to win or at least empatar to zero to classify , whereas the Italians have to win or empatar to any result from the 2-2. In the gone, the ones of Quique Setién attained empatar to 1 after beginning losing by fault of the goal of Dries Mertens. Antoine Griezmann was the author of the so much that equalised the meeting that goes to allow to the Barça face this turn with something more than tranquility.
The French forward, by the way, is one of the big novelties of the list of summoned of Setién for this party. The ex of the Athletic of Madrid withdrew lesionado against the Valladolid does several weeks and has been out of the terrains of game since. Luckily, it has recovered to time and everything aims that it could form trident beside Leo Messi and Luis Suárez. The MSG could go back against the Naples and in his boots could be the triumph.
In addition to the Frenchman, also has recovered his compatriot Clément Lenglet, that was touched against the Alavés. The defender will be to title beside Gerard Hammered in the centre of a defence that could complete Jordi Alba and Nélson Semedo. The Portuguese is the only doubt backwards, since Sergi Roberto finished LaLiga in shape and is another option. Nevertheless, the luso has been of the best of the team after the stop and everything indicates that it will follow having the confidence of his trainer.
It is necessary to remember that Arturo Vidal and Sergio Busquets will not be able to play against the Napoli by sanction, by what Setién will have to look for them substitute. In place of the Catalan will go in a Frenkie of Jong that recovered before the end of League and will go back to the titularity to the big. Ivan Rakitic is the big applicant to relieve to the Chilean, since there is not more alternative. Besides, Riqui Puig aims to the titularity after his grandísimo performance after the stop. The one of Matadepera will be one of the big attractions of the crash and even Gennaro Gattuso, technician of the ones of the Campania, has praised him in press conference.
The Naples could have an important drop
In the another side will be some Naples in which it is serious doubt Lorenzo Insigne. 'Il Capitano' Of the partenopeos is touched and has been about to to remain out of the announcement. Gattuso Has left clear that will speak with him and will test it before the party, but that if it is not to 100% will leave him in the bench or the terracing. In case to confirm , will be a tremendously painful drop for the napolitanos and a big news for the Barça, that will rid of the player more desequilibrante and magic of the ones of the south of Italy.
Although these last weeks have not been the best for the ones of the Campania, the ones of Gattuso arrive to the crash after a big victory against the Lazio. The Romans were struggling by the second place and wanted to finish his big season of the best possible way, but the Napoli prevented it to him. The partenopeos won in Saint Paolo by 3-1, with a so much precisely of the touched Insigne. This victory arrived in the best possible moment for them, since encararán the turn against the Barcelona with greater optimism.
With the doubt of his captain, the Naples could be a very uncomfortable rival if the Barça does not have his day. Alley is used to to be an incordió continuous by right, Mertens is the 'false 9' perfect and in the centre of the field Fabián Ruiz marks the rhythm and puts the quality. Besides, the presence of Koulibaly, that was not in the gone, gives him greater security backwards to the team. Milik, Hirving Lozano or Politano could be two important arms from the bench to which the blaugrana will have to control if they jump to the field.
Technical index card of the party: FC Barcelona-Naples
- Party: FC Barcelona-Naples
- Competition: Champions League
- Stadium: Camp Nou
- Television: Saturday 8 August to the 21:00 hours (Spanish hour)
- Calendar 2019-20: League Santander, Champions League, Glass of Rey