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Napoli, Osimhen and 4-3-3 return with Barcelona

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Fiery debut for Calzona on the Azzurri bench, Barcelona arrives at Maradona for the Champions League round of 16. AdL: “The beautiful game will win”

21 feb 2024

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Fiery debut for Francesco Calzona. After the second change on the bench of Napolithe coach of Slovakia is ready to make his debut in blue in the first leg of the round of 16 Championsthe most difficult match but also the possible turning point in the thus far disappointing season of the Italian champions (who still have the hope of qualifying for the Club World Cup): “I told the players that we have no excuses, we have to improve our position. The Barcelona it’s a strong team, one of the strongest in Europe. Clearly we are not afraid because we are Napoli, but no one can hide that they have great players and a top coach”.

To try to beat the Catalans, the former deputy of Sarri and Spalletti returns to the 4-3-3 that led to the tricolor and above all rediscovers
Osimhen, with the Nigerian up front the Blaugrana are certainly less scary. The trident will be completed by Politano and Kvara, while in the role of midfielder there will be one of Traorè and Cajuste given the absence of
Zielinski in lista Champions.

If Napoli is in a difficult moment, so is the
Barcelona who arrives at Maradona is not having an easy time, fresh from three wins and a draw in the last four championship matches but third and very far from leaders Real. Xavi brings back Sergi Roberto and Joao Felix on the bench and confirms Yamal and Pedri from the first minute.

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DE LAURENTIIS: “WHO WINS? THE GOOD GAME”

On the occasion of the UEFA lunch between the two clubs, the president
Aurelio de Laurentiis has made his prediction for tonight’s match. “Who do I expect will win? The beautiful game”, replied the Italian number one. A sign that a lot is expected from Calzona, called to revive Napoli’s fortunes also from a purely “aesthetic” point of view.

THE PROBABLE FORMATIONS

Also pay attention to the cards: on Napoli’s side there are no warnings, on the other Araujo, Sergi Roberto, Ferran Torres and Joao Felix are at risk. The return leg is scheduled for Tuesday 12 March at reversed pitches in Spain.

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