The draw results of the last 16 of the European Champions League this season seem a bit favorable for Barcelona. The defending champion of the Spanish La Liga was drawn against Italian Serie A club Napoli, who were performing poorly at the start of the season. However, Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde seems to be warning his players not to underestimate the power of the Partenopei.
UEFA has indeed announced the results of the last 16 round of the European Champions League this season. The result, there are some interesting duels that occur. One of the favorite teams this season, Barcelona will be drawn against Italy’s representative, Napoli. The team handled by Gennaro Gattuso is considered as one of the underdog teams in the last 16.
Because the club nicknamed The Partenopei found a series of bad results at the beginning of this season, mainly on the stage of Serie A. For information, currently Naples is ranked eighth in Serie A 2019-2020. Not a slick cut considering last season, they put pressure on Juventus in the top flight almost every season.
As a result of the saggy performance, Napoli finally fired Carlo Ancelotti from the manager’s chair, despite successfully qualifying for the knockout stages in the European Champions League. The former Real Madrid coach was later replaced by AC Milan legend, Gennaro Gattuso. Unfortunately, Napoli which is directed by Gattuso, have lost their first match when dealing with Parma last weekend.
That is, Barcelona look more favored in the match later and more favored to qualify for the round of eight. However, coach Ernesto Valverde was reluctant to underestimate the strength of the Partenopei.
“It’s clear that Napoli are a dangerous team, we know their best moment is still not here. They changed coaches and had to adapt little by little more. We will see how they are and how everyone is getting ready for February. Apart from that, we have to prepare very well for the match.”
“This will be a strong atmosphere, with a large stadium and fans very close. But, no problem. “In that case, we are also accustomed to playing in such an atmosphere, and it would be nice to feel everything in Naples as a city,” he told Barca TV, reported by Sportskeeda.