Barcelona will visit Italy in the first leg of the Champions League playoffs, where they will play against Napoli. They will be in good mood and shape after a series of 3 consecutive wins. On the other hand, Gennaro Gattuso and his team will be in a good mood as well, having also won three consecutive matches and a trip to the Italian Cup semi-final.
Quique Setien’s start as a Barcelona coach was not very convincing. But despite some tough matches, he has won 7 out of 9 games and has been a La Liga leader since this weekend.
Messi has scored only two goals in the Champions League this season and is not yet fighting for the top scorer, but when it comes to the Messi-level player, things can change at any time.
Barcelona always want to keep their net dry, but in this case, perhaps the priority will be to score goals, as this is what will ensure Barcelona’s next step. In the last four seasons, Barcelona left the league without scoring a goal.
Napoli are positive as well
Gennaro Gattuso had also a terrible start as a coach. He lost 4 of the first six games. Accordingly, the team was stepped down to the middle of the tournament table. Such performance is disrespectful to Napoli-level team. But the former Milan coach has found his place in the game and his troops have won six of the last seven matches.
The team defeated Lazio and Inter in the Copa Italia, returning to Serie A to fight for the Euro Tour. Martin Braithwaite cannot play in the Champions League, so Arturo Vidal is likely to attack from the left wing.
Firpo will replace the injured Alba. Sergio Roberto’s game was also ruled out due to this injury. Napoli was given a longer rest before the match with one day. Gatuzo may have the same eleven as against Brescia. However, Alan, Zielinski, and Mellick plan to fight for playing time.
The teams will take on each other for the first time in their official match on Tuesday.