Barcelona hosts Napoli in the second leg of the Champions League 1/8 finals. The match will be played on Saturday, July 8th at Camp Nou (Barcelona)
The first match of this pair, held in Naples, ended in a 1:1 draw. Therefore, Barcelona will be satisfied with a goalless draw to reach the quarterfinals, but the Catalan club will surely not put a “bus” against Napoli at Camp Nou. This is not a rival to be feared. And Barcelona needs to make up for a rather unsuccessful season – the Catalans lost the champion’s title to their sworn enemy Real Madrid, lagging behind the Whites by as much as five points. The club's management is not very happy with the results of Quique Setien on the coaching bridge, and they say that the specialist will be allowed to continue his work only if Barcelona wins this Champions League. I think he will motivate his men for this game, as it should be!
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This year Napoli has turned from the always second Italian team in the middle peasant of the championship. The team finished in a very unfortunate seventh place, and the whole year they played in a mediocre manner, alternating victories with defeats and sometimes simply failing matches. To be honest, I did not expect convincing results from the gym teacher Gennaro Gattuso.
The forces of the teams are clearly unequal. Napoli is frankly weak and is unlikely to oppose something to Barcelona, which will be motivated to win. Besides, the tournament situation forces Napoli to go forward and play to win. I think all the weak points of this team will be exposed. By the way, its defense conceded 50 goals in Serie A. Barcelona does not inspire confidence this year, but the Catalans must deal with the current Napoli.
Prediction for the match: Barcelona to win