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Watch Online: Barcelona - Napoli (Europa League) 17.02.2022 17:45 - Thursday

Watch Online: Barcelona - Napoli (Europa League) 17.02.2022 17:45 - Thursday

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It is normal for Barcelona and Napoli to be part of the eliminations of a European club tournament, but it is not common for the clash between them not to be in the Champions League. Undoubtedly, this is the clash that arouses the greatest interest in the playoffs before the round of 16 of the Europa League. Both teams are entering as big favorites in the race, and the camp of the Spaniards said that the trophy of this tournament is missing in their showcase.

Barcelona found itself here after failing to compete with Bayern Munich and Benfica in the Champions League. In its first season without Messi, the team lost twice to the German champions, and took its only victories from Dynamo Kyiv. Barcelona played quite weak matches and besides the seven points, the goal difference of 2: 9 made a bad impression. At the moment, however, the team looks a little better under the leadership of Xavi, and with a renewed trio in attack after the winter transfer window.

Napoli started in the Europa League tournament from the real part of the competition, namely the group stage. The team was part of one of the most exciting groups, in which the four teams finished together with four points. Napoli remained second, losing to Spartak Moscow, as they lost both direct clashes with this opponent. The matches from Group C were marked by good results, as in all the matches of the "Sky Blues" the line of over 2.5 goals was covered.

This past weekend, both teams took part in a derby in the home championship. Barcelona disappointed in Espanyol's visit, in Obameyang's debut, saving the point with a goal in 96 minutes for 2: 2. However, this was the eleventh consecutive game without a loss for Xavi in ​​regular time. Napoli led Inter in the dispute for the Serie A title, but in the end the match ended 1: 1. It was another good match for the Neapolitan club, which remains third in the league and two points behind the new leader Milan.

The approach of both clubs to the current competition will be interesting. Certainly Serie A is much more valuable for Napoli, and Barcelona can find solace in the weak season with a triumph in the Europa League. Xavi is still very inexperienced in the coaching profession, as is the case with half of the players in his selection. At the same time, the guests have the necessary experience and confidence to try to present the surprise at the Camp Nou. I expect a new result match for Napoli in the tournament, and Barcelona already has players to fight back.