Welcome back to TalkBarca. Our topic for today is the Match Preview of Napoli vs FC Barcelona in Champions League competition. We are now taking a break from the La Liga action to proceed our campaign in the Champions League. Champions League resumed from last week featuring Atletico vs Liverpool, and Dortmund vs PSG. It is now time for Barcelona to move away to Italy to face a dominant side of Napoli. Napoli is going to be really tough especially at home, and we have to be ready to face a tough challenge ahead. Do you think we are ready?
I think, yes. Quique Setien said in his press conference earlier that Barcelona is definitely going to score. I think we are in the right mind set. Setien is obviously, going to keep us tactically really strong as well. It is just a matter of who’s got the strongest will, and who can handle the pressure. Pressure is a major factor in not only this, but, all the Champion League games. We also know that Barcelona really struggles when playing away from home. This is the major concern for me. We have to beat the away game pressure for sure.
We are definitely in form. Barcelona faced Eibar in the previous weekend, and we absolutely dominated them. However, Napoli is far more different than Eibar, especially at their home. Furthermore, we have also got the El Classico coming at the weekend. Therefore, pressure is on for the boys. I really hope that we’ll be able to stand up to the requirements, and dominate Napoli at their home. Lionel Messi scored 4 on the day against Eibar, and he is definitely in the right frame of mind for this one. We want him to shine, and I know that he will.
NAPOLI VS FC BARCELONA MATCH PREVIEW
Before we proceed, let’s talk about the managerial situation of the two teams. Both teams have changed their managers. Barcelona started the season with Ernesto Valverde. However, Ernesto’s tactics were not able to get Barcelona to its desired results. Therefore, Quique Setien was brought in. Quique Setien has been the fan favorite person ever since he stepped in. Barcelona has also looked in better shape under Quique Setien. Setien has brought visible changes in the Barcelona style of play. Barcelona is back to playing their possession style of football.
Barcelona also started to grab good results ever since Quique came in. Currently, Barcelona has regained its spot at the number 1 position of the points table in La Liga. Napoli is no exception either. Napoli started its season with Carlos Ancelloti in charge. However, his management caused instability, and upset atmosphere within the club. Napoli appointed Gattuso, and then they have looked a lot better. Napoli is also used to playing really good against good teams, and they are not going to take Barcelona lightly. Gattuso took some time to find his best team, and deal with the problems of the club.
Since then, Napoli has looked really fine. It has also beaten some Italian giants in the Serie A competition such as Juventus, and Inter Milan. Therefore, we can expect venomous football from the Italian team against our club. We have to make sure that we donot take any chances, and must win Napoli at their home. If we can beat them at their home, then we are definitely going to dominate them at the Camp Nou. It is only a matter of couple of hours to see what happens. We have our normal options to use in the starting lineup.
Marc Ander Ter Stegen is going to start in goal. Ter Stegen was really good against Eibar as well, and we are hopeful that he is going to deliver against Napoli as well. Ter Stegen has been in really fine form in front of goal. He has been our savior week in, and week out. Secondly, Ter Stegen coordinates really well with fellow defenders, and he is always there to receive back passes or clear the ball. Furthermore, Ter Stegen has a really good ability when he has the ball in his feet. He doesnot seem to be worried when having the ball.
Our back 4 are most likely to be Gerrard Pique, Lenglet as Center Backs. I expect Semedo, and Firpo as the Right Back, and Left Back respectively. Jordi Alba, and Roberto are doubt to be part of the squad. Therefore, I expect Firpo, and Semedo. We have a lot of options in our midfield like always. I expect Sergio Busquests to start as the CDM. Frenkie De Jong, and Arthur can partner up in the center of the midfield. Arturo Vidal is also an option to use in the starting eleven. Arturo can bring in great energy.
Furthermore, Vidal is a kind of player whose style of play is really suited to the big games. He runs tirelessly, and joins the midfield with the attack. Furthermore, I also expect Quique to use Rakitic as well. Quique might go with his standard 3-4-2, if he is really looking forward to dominate Napoli. He might go with standard 4-4-3 if he is looking to get the best out of his front men Messi, Griezmann, and Ansu Fati. Suarez’s absence is going to be felt in this game specially because he is really experienced in such games.
I think Barcelona is going to go to Italy, and dominate Napoli on its home turf. I expect Barcelona to keep majority of the ball like it normally does, and make Napoli suffer. However, this all is easier said than done. Napoli is not new to us, and therefore, they know exactly how Barcelona will try to attack them. They must be well prepared for us, and chances are that this is going to be one tough outing for us. Final verdict from our side is Napoli 1-3 Barcelona.
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