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FC Barcelona vs Napoli Champions League 2023-24: Preview, Predicted Lineups and Team Updates

Barcelona and Napoli Clash in Thrilling 1-1 Draw in Champions League Round of 16 Opener at Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.

FC Barcelona vs Napoli
FC Barcelona and Napoli

FC Barcelona vs Napoli Champions League 2023-24: The Champions League returns to the Estadi Olimpico Lice Compagnie with the clash between FC Barcelona and Napoli. Barcelona are set to face Napoli in Montjuic on Tuesday for the second leg of the round of 16 in the Champions League.

Preview

In the first round for the round of 16 in the Champions League, Barcelona’s match was played against Napoli at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium on Wednesday, this match was quite spectacular, in this match both the teams drew with a score of 1-1. Robert Lewandowski scored for FC Barcelona in the first round. In the north, after the return of Napoli to the Africa Cup of Nations, Victor Osimhen equalized the scoreline by scoring in the 75th minute, due to which there was disappointment in the Barcelona camp.

However, this draw has not decided who will go to the next round, it will be known on Tuesday. This match is all the more important because the team has been taunted by Barcelona in many of the previous matches, although their performance in La Liga has improved.

Barcelona and ​​Napoli have played the last five matches, out of which three matches have been drawn and Barcelona has won two matches. If there is a match, then this will be the first time after 2020 that it will reach the quarter-finals.

FC Barcelona have had 11 chances when these two teams have clashed with each other, in which they have won every time, and in 2019-20 too, such an occasion came when they won against Napoli 3-1 in the second leg of the Round of 16. The latter have not been able to win even one of their last four Champions League elimination knockout matches.

In Friday’s match of La Liga, Barcelona defeated Mallorca 1-0, the star player of that match was Lanime Yamal, who scored a goal in the second half and gave important 3 points to Barcelona and took the team to third place in the La Liga points table. Real Madrid is at the first place in La Liga’s points table with 69 points, while Barcelona is at third place with 61 points. Girona is at second place with 62 points.

So far this season has been a title drought for Barcelona, they are out of the Copa del Rey and the La Liga title is also under threat as Real Madrid are in first place. If they have to end this drought, then How much will this competition be?

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FC Barcelona vs Napoli Champions League

Team Updates

Barcelona continue to have injury problems, with Frenkie de Jong still recovering from his knee injury, with team updates suggesting he may miss further games this season, with Pedri suffering from a hamstring injury. Gavi is already out of the team, but Barcelona’s new rising star, 16-year-old Lamine Yamal, will be the oldest player to take the Champions.

Xavi said in the press conference that “I am very happy with my players. Tomorrow we have played as a team if we want to be in the Champions League quarterfinals. The team is performing well even after the current injury, The youngsters are key —we have to let them enjoy the moment.”

On the other hand, Victor Osimhen, who scored in the first round against Barcelona, is just one goal away from scoring 10 goals in the Champions League, while on the other hand, Obafemi Martins, who is a new star for Napoli, played brilliantly last season and Led the team from the front, with Jens Cageste and Cyril Ngonge Thigah struggling with injuries. Napoli would definitely like to convert last time’s draw result into a win and enter the next round of the Champions League.

Predicted Lineups

Barcelona Possible Starting Lineup (4-3-3)

  • Goalkeeper: Ter Stegen
  • Defenders: Kounde, Araujo, Martinez, Cancelo
  • Midfielders: Gundogan, Christensen, Lopez
  • Forwards: Yamal, Lewandowski, Felix

Napoli Possible Starting Lineup (4-3-3)

  • Goalkeeper: Meret
  • Defenders: Di Lorenzo, Ostigard, Jesus, Olivera
  • Midfielders: Anguissa, Lobotka, Traore
  • Forwards: Politano, Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia
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