CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri was so impressed with Napoli that he called them “one of the top five teams in Europe.”
Napoli Coach Maurizio Sarri confessed he’d love to “play Manchester United at Old Trafford” in the Champions League.
Juventus are seeded for the Champions League draw on August 24, with Roma and Napoli in Pot 3.
Nice Coach Lucien Favre bitterly criticised Mario Balotelli after the 2-0 defeat to Napoli. “He should’ve come off a lot earlier.”
Maurizio Sarri noted Napoli must balance domination and complacency after a 2-0 win in Nice qualified them for the Champions League.
Lorenzo Insigne praised Napoli unity after qualifying for the Champions League and commented on the Barcelona rumours.
Kalidou Koulibaly celebrated Napoli getting past Nice 4-0 on aggregate to reach the Champions League. “We all defend together.” The...
Jose Callejon said Napoli “belong in the Champions League” after crushing Nice 4-0 on aggregate to qualify. “We played our football.”
Napoli were dominant in Nice, coming away with a 2-0 victory, 4-0 on aggregate, to qualify for the Champions League.
Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from the decisive Champions League play-off between Nice and Napoli.
Elseid Hysaj warned Napoli it’s important to “get out there concentrated and keep it up” in the Champions League play-off with Nice.
Napoli do have Dries Mertens ready to start the Champions League play-off with Nice, who look to Mario Balotelli and Wesley Sneijder.
Dries Mertens is only 90 per cent sure of starting for Napoli in tonight’s Champions League qualifier with Nice, while UEFA ban black armbands.
Blaise Matuidi says “everyone dreams of winning the Champions League, but you can’t do it overnight” after joining Juventus.
Napoli Coach Maurizio Sarri assures Dries Mertens “is not in doubt” for the Champions League game with Nice.
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly says “we know Mario Balotelli is a great player, but we have to think about ourselves”.
Napoli have named Dries Mertens in their squad to face Nice on Tuesday, but the attacker remains a doubt.
Beppe Marotta says Juventus “are even more determined” to win the Champions League as the club must “only win or learn”, not lose.
Slovenian Davor Skomina has been assigned to officiate Napoli’s Champions League play-off with Nice.
Napoli have injury concerns for Dries Mertens and above all Vlad Chiriches after their 3-1 victory over Hellas Verona.
Max Allegri is “bitter to see this disappointment” from Juventus fans over their Champions League Final defeat. “We start the season on level terms.”
Paulo Dybala calls Juventus “a great club” and admits the Champions League final defeat was “a nightmare”.
Ahead of this weekend’s Serie A kick-off, Football Italia looks at the crucial fixtures for each of the top sides, and today it’s the turn of Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli.
Lucien Favre explained why Nice changed tactics to take on Napoli and insists a 2-0 first leg defeat “still gives us hope” for the Champions League.
Jorginho reveals Dries Mertens left him the penalty as Napoli beat Nice 2-0 in the Champions League play-off. “I felt confident.”
Raul Albiol was pleased with Napoli’s victory over Nice, as “if we concede fewer goals than last season, we can aim higher in Serie A and Europe.”
Maurizio Sarri felt Napoli “did the best we could at this stage of the season and are lacking sharpness” after beating Nice 2-0.
Dries Mertens warns a 2-0 win over nine-man Nice “isn’t bad, but considering the game, it was too little to show” for Napoli.
Dries Mertens and a Jorginho penalty gave Napoli the 2-0 victory over nine-man Nice, but they’ll regret many missed chances in the Champions League play-off.
Napoli look to Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon for their Champions League play-off with Nice, who start Alassane Plea in attack.