Still, the Colombian goalkeeper made it clear that it would be hard to play without a crowd of fans.
It would be very hard for David Ospina to play against Barcelona without fans
David Ospina faced the media on Friday night ahead of Napoli’s Champions League last-16 tie with Barcelona on Saturday. Still, the Colombian goalkeeper made it clear that it would be hard to play without a crowd of fans. Like many other competitions across Europe, Lega Serie A finished with no fans allowed in stadiums, and that is how it will be for the rest of the Champions League rounds. “It’s an unusual situation, football should be a revelry, and it’s difficult to play without spectators,” Ospina said during Friday’s pre-match press conference. “You have to aim at your own game to get the result you want. Lionel Messi will be focused on Barcelona’s hopes of getting far in the tournament, but Ospina has faced the Argentine striker before in his career.
“We have met each other many times,” he added. “Messi is different and can take the game away from you. We have to be attentive to everything he does. We know everything about Leo as a player.” Napoli’s season has been a story of different states, and Carlo Ancelotti was retired halfway through the campaign. Still, Gennaro Gattuso was able to hold onto the ship somewhat from the moment he arrived. However, Napoli failed to secure Champions League qualification through their domestic standings, yet getting into the 2019/20 competition courtesy of winning the 2019/20 final remains possible. “Napoli are growing, and we want to do everything well in the Italian championship,” Ospina confirmed. “We came here with great motivation after a week of good preparation, and our coach knows what quality we have. We must continue to use every opportunity.”