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Saturday August 8 2020
Probable line-ups: Barcelona v Napoli

Lorenzo Insigne is expected to start for Napoli with Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon, but there are mixed reports on what tactics and formation Barcelona will use.

The Champions League Round of 16 tie kicks off tonight at Camp Nou, at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

The first leg ended 1-1 at the Stadio San Paolo back in February, so the Partenopei need to win, or draw by scoring at least two goals.

Napoli’s major question mark is over captain Insigne, who limped off with a groin injury during the final minutes of the 3-1 win over Lazio last week.

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Friday August 7 2020
Gattuso: 'Insigne starts if he's 100 per cent'

Gennaro Gattuso knows Napoli need a ‘great performance to get a result’ at Camp Nou on Saturday and said Lorenzo Insigne will only start against Barcelona ‘if he feels 100 per cent ready’.

Napoli prepare to face the Blaugrana in the last 16 of the Champions League tomorrow and arrive in Catalonia after a 1-1 result in the first leg at the San Paolo.

Gattuso expects a ‘very difficult match’, hopes to use the advantage of playing behind closed doors and points at the statistics to prove he’s not a defensive coach.

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Friday August 7 2020
Osimhen wants success 'in Italy and Europe'

Napoli new boy Victor Osimhen wants to ‘take the next step’ with the Azzurri and has vowed to help the club do well in both Italy and Europe next term.

Osimhen scored 18 goals in his 38 matches for Lille in 2019-20 and continued to build on the great season at RSC Charleroi the year before.

But the Nigerian 21-year-old admitted he struggled to settle when he first arrived at VfL Worlsburg to start his European career in August 2018.

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Friday August 7 2020
Paqueta-Milenkovic exchange suggested

Milan and Fiorentina are reportedly negotiating an exchange of loans with option to buy between Lucas Paqueta and Nikola Milenkovic.

The Brazilian midfielder has fallen down the pecking order at San Siro and is not part of coach Stefano Pioli’s plans for the future.

Making back the €38m plus bonuses spent to sign Paqueta from Flamengo in January 2019 is impossible right now.

The idea, according to Sport Mediaset, is therefore to send him out for regular playing time at Fiorentina.

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Friday August 7 2020
Coppa Italia Final at San Siro in 2021?

The 2020-21 Coppa Italia Final is reportedly scheduled for May 19 at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan, commonly known as San Siro.

The tournament usually concludes at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, but that won’t be possible next term.

This is because Euro 2020 was bumped to next summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The opening fixture of that competition is now Italy-Turkey on June 11 at the Stadio Olimpico.

UEFA need the stadium handed over to them from May 18.

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Friday August 7 2020
Napoli create COVID 'bubble' in Barcelona

Coronavirus cases continue to climb in Spain, so Napoli are going to extreme measures to protect their squad and staff in Barcelona.

The Champions League Round of 16 concludes at Camp Nou on Saturday at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

Despite Napoli protestations, UEFA have ruled it can go ahead behind closed doors in Catalunya, one of the worst-affected areas by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Italians are still taking a very cautious approach, as Tuttosport notes they will be kept in a ‘bubble’ throughout the journey.

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Friday August 7 2020
Report: Insigne will start in Barcelona

The latest reports from the Napoli camp suggest not only is Lorenzo Insigne available, he’s expected to start against Barcelona tomorrow.

The first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 tie ended 1-1 at the Stadio San Paolo in February and the decider is on Saturday at Camp Nou.

Insigne had been a major doubt, having pulled up with a thigh and groin injury during the final Serie A game of the season against Lazio just under a week ago.

He had bruising to the tendon connecting the thigh to the groin, along with a slight muscular problem.

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Friday August 7 2020
Setien: 'Napoli have evolved'

Quique Setien hinted at a tactical ‘variable’ for Barcelona in the Champions League, because ‘Napoli have evolved and improved a great deal’ since February.

The first leg ended 1-1 back in February at the Stadio San Paolo and the decider for this Round of 16 is on Saturday at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

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Friday August 7 2020
Busquets: 'Barcelona tactically prepared for Napoli'

Sergio Busquets assures Barcelona have made the most of the time since La Liga ended to ‘prepare tactically’ for Napoli and the Champions League.

The first leg ended 1-1 at the Stadio San Paolo back in February and the decider is tomorrow evening at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

Although he is suspended along with Arturo Vidal, the midfielder was still chosen to speak at the press conference.

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Friday August 7 2020
Insigne makes it for Barcelona

Lorenzo Insigne took part in full training today and is in the Napoli squad travelling to Barcelona for tomorrow’s Champions League clash.

The Round of 16 second leg kicks off on Saturday at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT) at Camp Nou.

The first leg ended 1-1 at the Stadio San Paolo and the winner will go through to the Champions League Final Eight tournament in Portugal.

Insigne is the only real doubt for Gennaro Gattuso after suffering a knock to the top of the thigh during last week’s Serie A victory over Lazio.

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