The first leg in Naples ended in a 1-1 draw, and the winner will qualify for the quarter-finals in Lisbon later this month after the European Football Association (UEFA) decided to hold each round of one match at a neutral stadium due to the Corona pandemic.
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And it became clear what Messi meant in his assessment when the season resumed after stopping due to the Corona virus crisis, and Barcelona lost the league title to Real Madrid, which led to another attack from the captain on the team.
Followers interpreted Messi’s anger as an attack on Setien, who had never led a team in the Champions League until he replaced Ernesto Valverde last January.
Setien said at the time that he was looking after cows on his farm when he was appointed coach of the team and that he did not dream of coaching Barcelona, referring to his dream to write on his grave, “Won the Champions League.”
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Although Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has renewed confidence in Setien before the second leg, it is difficult for the coach to survive if Barcelona are knocked out of the Champions League by Napoli, while his European title will be the kiss of life to continue with the team next season.
On top of that, Barcelona has become obsessed with the Champions League since their last coronation in 2015, and Valverde was sacked for failing to lead the Catalan team to European glory despite winning the league twice in a row.
Barcelona will play without Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal due to suspension, but he received a strong boost with the return of Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong and French attacking duo Othman Dembele and Antoine Griezmann.
“The first leg was difficult for us, they put a lot of players behind the ball and it wasn’t our best match, but I think we can do better against them now,” de Jong told Barcelona’s official website.
Napoli is anxiously awaiting the readiness of Lorenzo Insini, who injured his thigh muscles in the last games of his team in the Italian league, where he finished seventh in his worst result since 2009, but won the cup title at the expense of champions Juventus.
Source : Al Jazeera