Barcelona hosts Napoli in an upcoming European League summit

Barcelona hosts Napoli in an upcoming European League summit

The “Camp Nou” stadium will host a strong confrontation between Barcelona and its guest Napoli, this Thursday evening, in the first leg of the knockout round of the European League competitions for the 2021-22 season.

Barca will play against the Italian club South of Italy, a playoff in which the winner qualifies to the round of 16 in the European League “European League”, after the Catalan team ranked third in its group in the European Champions League.

The Barcelona summit against Napoli will start at 8:15 pm today, Thursday, at the Camp Nou stadium in Catalonia.

Barcelona is experiencing not good periods during this football season, but Xavi Hernandez’s men are looking forward to a positive result that will facilitate the team’s task in the second leg when Barca visits Napoli in southern Italy.

Barcelona is fourth in the La Liga standings with 39 points, a full 15 points behind leaders Real Madrid, 54.

While Napoli is living very good times and presents great levels, it occupies third place with 53 points, only two points behind the leaders Milan and one point from the runner-up Inter.

The children of coach Luciano Spalletti aspire to kidnap a win or a draw by any result, hoping to compensate in their stadium in the second leg to eliminate the Catalan giant.

Barcelona moved to the European League, after finishing third in Group E of the Champions League, one point behind group runners-up Benfica.

On the other hand, Napoli qualified for this round, after it finished second in the third group in the group stage of the European League, only behind the goal difference of Spartak Moscow, who finished top of the group, and thus its place in the round of sixteen.

Barcelona faced Italian clubs in 32 matches at the Camp Nou. Barcelona won 21 matches, drew 5 matches and lost 6 matches.

Specifically, Barcelona met with Napoli in the Champions League 2019-2020 season during the spread of the Corona virus, and Barcelona succeeded in winning the total of the two home and return matches 4-2 during the round of 16 and qualified for the quarter-finals of the competition.

Barcelona moved to the European League play-off after it came third in its group in the Champions League behind Bayern Munich and Benfica, while Napoli qualified as runners-up for its group in the Europa League behind Spartak Moscow, who came at the fore.

The first leg matches of the European League play-off will be held on February 17, with the return matches on February 24.

The draw for the round of 16 of the European League will also be held on February 25, while the first leg matches will be held on March 10 and the second leg on March 17.

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