Barcelona make the trip to Italy to face Napoli within the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie having put together a three-match streak in La Liga.
The home side have also enjoyed a robust recent run, registering three victories altogether competitions to spice up their chances in Serie A and therefore the Coppa Italia.
Barca won this competition five years ago, and time is running out for Lionel Messi to lift the famous trophy another time
as Quique Setien prepares to steer the Spanish giants to glory amid the recent controversy englufing the club.
Disastrous knockout exits to AS Roma and Liverpool over the past two seasons are going to be playing on the minds of Blaugrana players and fans alike,
but despite the absence of Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele, there’s always an opportunity with Messi fit and firing.
Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli stand between Barca and an area within the quarter-finals,
and the Spanish champions will need to get on their toes against a side who took four points off of Liverpool within the group stages.
Drawn against arguably one among the front runners to lift the trophy itself,
Napoli have their work cut out this Tuesday, as Barcelona are unlikely to accept nothing but the win.
While there has been a change within the dugout since those fixtures were played,
Gattuso will want to ascertain more of an equivalent from his players,
a resoluteness which can presumably be required against a team of Barcelona’s quality.
Napoli vs Barcelona Team News
Setien must decide whether to recall Frenkie de Jong to his starting lineup, with Ivan Rakitic potentially in danger of dropping to the substitutes’ bench.
With Martin Braithwaite ineligible for the Champions League, Arturo Vidal could continue in his role on the left-hand side of the attack.
Junior Firpo will deputise for the injured Jordi Alba, who is carrying an adductor problem,
while Sergi Roberto has been ruled out after sustaining an identical injury over the weekend.
With having an additional day of preparation, Gattuso may prefer to retain an equivalent XI which began the win at Brescia on Friday night.
However, the Italian has many alternatives, with Allan, Piotr Zielinski and Arkadiusz Milik all pushing for a recall to the team.
Barcelona have lost Sergi Roberto to injury. The Catalan club revealed on Sunday that the midfielder,
who usually plays at right-back, is out for 3 to four weeks with a thigh injury.
New signing Martin Braithwaite, who made a bright debut within the 5-0 convert Eibar in LaLiga on Sunday,
is included within the travelling squad despite the very fact he’s ineligible for the Champions League.
Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele remain sidelined.
Napoli vs Barcelona Line Up
Napoli possible starting lineup:
Ospina; Lorenzo, Manolas, Maksimovic, Rui; Ruiz, Demme, Elmas; Politano, Mertens, Insigne
Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Firpo; De Jong, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Griezmann, Vidal
Napoli vs Barcelona Head to Head
The teams have yet to face one another in a politician Uefa competition, but Barca have a mixed record in Italy lately .
The Blaugrana beat Inter Milan 2-1 back within the group stages in December,
and also sealed a 1-1 draw against the Nerazzurri in last season’s group stages.
However, AS Roma stunned Barca with a 3-0 win within the Rome to knock the Spaniards out of the 2017/18 quarter-finals –
and Juventus won by an equivalent scoreline within the previous year’s quarters.
How to watch Napoli vs Barcelona
TV channel: The match will be televised live on BT Sport 3, with coverage starting from 7.15pm.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.