NEWS
Friday June 12 2020
Setien: 'Neutral turf damaging for Barca'

Barcelona coach Quique Setien is concerned playing the second leg of the Champions League tie with Napoli on neutral turf could be ‘damaging.’

They had already played the first leg in the Round of 16, ending 1-1 at the Stadio San Paolo on February 25 with goals from Dries Mertens and Antoine Griezmann.

The return was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and the plan is to play it in August.

There are suggestions all the remaining Champions League games will be played in Portugal, to help limit travel and keep teams to an area that was relatively unaffected by COVID-19.

“It would be damaging for us to play Napoli on neutral turf, seeing as we already faced them on their home ground at the San Paolo,” said Setien in today’s press conference.

“If this is the scenario, then we’d have to accept it. Things are still up in the air, there are various suggestions, so we’ll see what happens.”

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