UCL: Barça vs Naples


Barcelona will welcome Napoli to the Camp Nou on Saturday night for the second leg of the final round of 16 in the Champions League. They have the advantage after a 1-1 draw in the first leg in February, and the winners will head to Lisbon for a knockout tournament to determine this season's European Cup winner.

FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League

Barca will be without midfielder Samuel Umtiti's service due to a knee injury, while midfielders Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal are both suspended. Ousmane Dembele trained with the first team on Wednesday as he continued to recover from a long-term hamstring problem, although it appears that the Frenchman will not be in the match against Napoli, with Griezmann, Clement Lenglet and Frenkie de Jong have both recovered from injuries recently and were able to start from the start, while Ivan Rakitic could receive a nod in the middle of the pitch. Luis Suarez missed the first leg in Napoli due to injury, but the Uruguay international is still ready for the second leg and should join Griezmann and Lionel Messi in attack. Barca need to forget the disappointment of the La Liga 2019-20 campaign when they give up control of the La Liga title to rival Real Madrid, The Catalan giants got a positive result in the first leg in Italy, with Antoine Griezmann leveling in the second half after Dries Mertens gave Napoli the lead in the first half. Barca are really unbeaten in the last 35 Champions League matches at home, while they have not lost any of the last 15 home matches against opponents from Italy, having 12 wins.

As for Napoli, Kostas Manolas is certainly absent due to a rib injury, but they hope that Lorenzo Insigne will be able to get rid of the thigh problem and he trained separately on Wednesday as he fought to make it in time. rehabilitate your fitness for the clash at the Camp Nou. Nikola Maksimovic is also struggling with a knee injury, but the center-back is in great interest is Kalidou Koulibaly, who missed the first leg due to injury enough to face the Spanish giant. Fabian Ruiz is another player expected to leave Napoli this summer, and the Spaniard should be joined by Piotr Zielinski and Diego Demme as part of the three-man midfield. Napoli also disappointed in the domestic league in the 2019-20 season, when only ranked 7th in Serie A, 16 points behind the fourth ranked team Lazio.

SC Napoli vs FC Barcelona




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