Barcelona will look for a ticket to Lisbon in front of Napoli

Barcelona will look for a ticket to Lisbon in front of Napoli

The Blaugrana team need a victory to qualify for the quarterfinals.

Yeah it’s not the Barça from before, the one in the Camp Nou and even on the outside it was invincible, but it is still Barcelona and that instills respect. At least for Napoli that this Saturday he wants to surprise, another surprise in this Champions League, and access the quarterfinals.

Of course, to achieve this the Italians, led by Gennaro Gattuso, will have to break the streak of the Spaniards who have not lost in their stadium seven years ago (35 undefeated matches), without neglecting that when the Blaugrana club did not fall in the first match advanced to the next round on the last 19 occasions.

The numbers and the history do not favor, perhaps that it is the first duel between both in the Camp Nou yes. Those in Serie A do not know what it is to lose as a visitor in this edition of the continental tournament and that is why they will put a club in crisis to the test, which has not played as before for a long time and which was seen disorderly in the last dates of the local league.

In the event of achieving the feat, it would be the first time that Barcelona has not been among the eight best in the Champions League in the last 13 years. Of course, anything can happen in a championship in which the Italian and Spanish champions are already out.

Lionel Messi will command what will also be Enrique Setién’s first duel for the Champions League at home and what is expected to be a quiet victory that will give the ticket to Lisbon, where the final phase of the tournament will be played.

Barcelona does not want any more surprises and Napoli wants to give another one to get one of the greats out of the way who is still clinging to save his season by lifting his orejona.

Possible lineups:

Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba, Sergi Roberto, Rakitic, De Jong, Messi, Suárez and Griezmann.

Napoli: Ospina, Di Lorenzo, Koulibaly, Manolas, Mario Rui, Zielinski, Demme, Fabián, Elmas, Mertens and Callejón.

You can enjoy this game on ESPN2 or on DIRECTV GO, on all your screens.

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