Thursday June 18 2020
Setien: 'Napoli difficult opponents for Barca'

Barcelona coach Quique Setien was impressed by Napoli’s Coppa Italia victory against Juventus. ‘They are strong opponents and it won’t be easy for us.’

The first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 ended 1-1 at the Stadio San Paolo, but the return was postponed by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Now football is coming back and the second leg is set for early August, although it’s not yet clear if it’ll be at Camp Nou or on neutral turf in Portugal.

After that, it’ll be a series of one-off matches in the Final Eight format.

“I think the new Champions League format is worse not just for Barca, but for everyone, as over two legs you at least get a better chance of qualification,” Setien told reporters at a press conference.

“We all want to play home and away, but the circumstances are what they are and we have to adapt.”

Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli held Juventus to a 0-0 draw in last night’s Coppa Italia Final, eventually winning the trophy on penalties.

“Napoli are strong opponents, they put in a good performance in the Coppa Final and already made us work hard in the first leg,” added the Barcelona boss.

“They already made it very tricky for us there and it won’t be easy for us, but we’ll try our best.”

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