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Barça exhausted itself earlier than its time when it had woken up from the lethargy of the League with the fanfare of the Champions League. Against a minor rival that had a brand new coach and is ninth in its league like Naples, Xavi's group conceded a bittersweet draw as a result of in the long run they feared defeat after initially aiming for a transparent victory in Maradona's area. The sloppiness of every day gave strategy to a critical efficiency within the comeback three years after returning to a spherical of 16 tie within the European Cup. Although they restricted the concessions and the very best possibilities had been theirs, the Barcelona followers lacked punch, maturity and greatness to defeat a Naples group that virtually scored with Ter Stegen's solely shot between the three sticks.

Nápoles

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Alex Meret, Juan Jesus, Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Mathias Olivera, Jens Cajuste (Hamed Junior Traore, 67th minute), Lobotka, Franck Zambo, Victor Osimhen (Giovanni Simeone, 76th minute), Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (Jesper Lindstrom, min. 68) and Politano (Giacomo Raspadori, min. 76)

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Barcelona

Ter Stegen, Íñigo Martínez, Cancelo, Koundé, Ronald Araújo, Gündogan, A. Christensen (Oriol Romeu, min. 86), Frenkie De Jong, Lamine Yamal, Pedri (João Félix, min. 86) and Lewandowski

Goals 0-1 min. 60: Lewandowski. 1-1 min. 75: Victor Osimhen.

Referee Felix Zwayer

Yellow playing cards Frenkie De Jong (min. 15), Íñigo Martínez (min. 75) and A. Christensen (min. 78)

Xavi feared Osimhen and Kvaratskhelia greater than Napoli and Osimhen tied. The coach bolstered the defensive vigilance with the alignment of three heart backs, with Iñigo Martínez and with out Cubarsí, whereas Christensen continued to stay within the heart midfield, one step behind the three artistic midfielders: Gündogan, De Jong and Pedri. Experienced gamers to barter outcome forward of Montjuïc. The Blaugrana aren’t but a assured group however they should acquire confidence from possession, management and likewise stress to attach with the destabilizing Yamal.

Naples retreated within the face of Barça's utilized proposal, very nicely put collectively round Gündogan. Not a lot is thought about Calzona besides that he’s very cautious with the withdrawal although his groups deploy from a basic 4-3-3. The ball and the tempo of the match had been on the mercy of Barcelona and due to this fact the success or error of Xavi's gamers. The arrivals of Cancelo and the photographs of Yamal, Lewandowski and Gündogan adopted each other earlier than a decisive Meret. The Blaugrana solely wanted precision to finish their good show after lowering Osimhen and Kvaratskhelia with the protection of Koundé, watching the Georgian as a winger, and Araujo.

The Blaugrana's play with out the ball was simpler than ordinary and when there was a loss, the media intervened with a tactical foul, particularly Christensen. The Italian groups, and likewise Naples, know methods to play very nicely with 0-0, a rating that ended up making the Barcelona followers determined, who little by little misplaced depth and gave up the sector and the ball to go on to guard Ter Stegen in an orderly method. . The Blaugrana ended up disconnecting at half-time and Napoli bravely reappeared to the satisfaction of the followers on the Maradona stadium. Now it was Barcelona that counterattacked with Yamal when he broke free from the harassment of Calzona's squad.

The objective got here at a time when Barça soccer had continuity with the looks of the definitive hyperlink that’s Pedri. The canary's final go enabled Lewandoski. The Pole managed the ball, turned and crossed into Meret's internet. The effectiveness of the striker, who scored for the fourth consecutive sport so as to add his 18th objective, has reactivated Xavi's group in February. The 0-1 rating activated the change wheel to the shock of the followers when Calzona eliminated Kvaratskhelia, denied by Koundé. Napoli, nonetheless, took the initiative aggressively and Barcelona grew to become nervous, as in the event that they wished the sport to finish, needing Xavi's intervention. He didn't give him time as a result of Osimhen known as.

The Nigerian, recent from the African Cup, imposed his physique towards Íñigo Martínez and circled to beat Ter Stegen. A shot and a objective within the account of a Napoli revived by the hand of Calzona.

There was no hint of the Blaugrana who had dominated the match till 0-1. The Italians, alternatively, had been extra of a group, extra supportive and bodily, with out their individualities, Osimhen additionally changed. Barça didn’t cease conceding nook kicks in a tough finish to the sport in Ter Stegen's objective.

The defensive rigidity and focus saved a group that doesn’t know methods to relaxation with the ball or end in Gündogan's final alternative. Although the draw could appear to be outcome, it’s no assure for the return as a result of disconcerting nature and little dependable of a Barça improved in Europe and lagging behind within the League.

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