Quique Setien’s side will host the Partenopei on home soil but without fans, as the game will be held behind closed doors.
Frenkie is always ready and motivated
Barcelona will face Napoli on Saturday, and Frenkie de Jong pointed out four more finals for the Cules to win to lift the Champions League title. Quique Setien’s side will host the Partenopei on home soil but without fans, as the game will be held behind closed doors. “Playing without fans is a bit of a strange situation, especially in the Champions League, where you feel the presence of fans,” De Jong told reporters. “But there are four appearances left to win the trophy”. Barcelona have not managed to win a single trophy this year, but De Jong is adamant that he does not feel pressure to raise the Champions League. I am always motivated, but the Champions League is very special,” added De Jong.
The clash against Napoli in the first leg was heavy for Barca
“I don’t feel under a lot of pressure now that I’m at Barcelona. It’s the same in every game. In a one-legged game, smaller teams are more likely to surprise. Of course, we need to win at all costs, but play games on one leg are harder because anyone can shock you. But this is a new thing for everyone, no one has played with such a format before, and all the squads that are going will go because they deserve to be there”. Napoli hosted Barcelona to a 1-1 draw in Italy, and De Jong hailed the quality of the Italian team. “We found the first leg heavy going, continued De Jong. “We had a lot of footballers behind the ball, and it wasn’t a great result, but I’m sure we can play better now. Napoli have top quality players, and they are very disciplined.”
“I’m sure it will be a tough game. All Champions League games, but we have to make sure we make it to the next round”. De Jong missed Barcelona’s last few games in LaLiga due to injury but has fully recovered and is ready to help his team. “I feel good with a lot of positive energy, – said De Jong. I have recovered well from the injury, and I feel fit. The break was good for the whole squad. It was nice to rest and get the energy back. I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t play, but I prepared well for the next few matches and feel ready for the one against Napoli.”