NAPLES – Rino Gattuso's Napoli participated in the draw for the Champions League first knockout round without enjoying seeded status. Napoli, who had previously been coached by Carlo Ancelotti, passed the group stage from second behind the reigning European champions Liverpool. Napoli won and drew against Liverpool, won and drew against Genk and won and drew against Salzburg. These three draws did not allow him to win the group. Above all, the misstep against Genk in Belgium is serious.
Napoli caught the worst possible opponent, Barcelona of the "Martians" Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann. The Blaugrana have won their Champions League group stage by eliminating Antonio Conte's Inter. Barcelona won their Champions League group ahead of Borussia Dortmund, who qualified as second, Inter, relegated to the Europa League, and Slavia Prague, eliminated from everything.
Barcelona are first in the Spanish Liga with the same points as Real Madrid. Barcelona have won eleven games, drawn two and lost just three. Also this year, the blaugrana are in the running to win everything. In the last two editions of the Champions League, Barcelona have suffered two sensational comebacks. He had won 4 to 1 against Roma, then lost 3 to 0 at the Olimpico. He had won 3 to or against Liverpool, then collapsed 4 to 0 in England. This year, Barcelona want to avoid another humiliating comeback like these.
The complete picture with the round of 16 of the 2019-2020 Champions League.
1 – Borussia Dortmund (Germany) -Paris Saint Germain (France).
2 – Real Madrid (Spain) -Manchester City (England).
3 – Atalanta (Italy) -Valencia (Spain).
4 – Atletico Madrid (Spain) -Liverpool (England).
5 – Chelsea (England) -Bayern Munich (Germany).
6 – Lyon (France) -Juventus (Italy).
7 – Tottenham (England) -Leipzig (Germany).
8- Naples (Italy) -Barcelona.
Source: Blitz Quotidiano