Napoli host Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals on 25 February. Until then, this preliminary report will be regularly updated with news, votes and assessments.
NAPOLI – BARCELONA: Live Blog
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Since the group stage
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Last match: Sampdoria – Napoli 2:4, 03.02
Next match: Lecce (h), 09.02
Table: 10th serie A, Coppa Italia semi-final
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Last match: Athletic – Barcelona 1-0, 06.02, Copa del Rey, quarter-finals
Next match: Real Betis (a), 09.02
Table: 2nd in the league
What the coaches say
• Napoli finished Group E 12 points behind Liverpool. In home games they collected seven points: first there was a 2-0 against defending champions Liverpool, then a 1-1 against Salzburg and with a 4-0 against Genk on the sixth day of the match the eighth-final ticket was booked. Away they drew against Genk (0-0) and Liverpool (1-1), and the Italians also celebrated a 3-2 win at Salzburg.
• In 2018/19, Napoli finished runners-up in Serie A for the second year in a row and were in the group stage for the sixth time – all of them have been in the last nine years. In 2011/12 and 2016/17 the SSC reached the quarter-finals, in the other three participations it was only enough for third place in the respective group.
• In both quarter-finals they failed to win: 2016/17 against Real Madrid and five years earlier against Chelsea.
• Napoli have won only seven of the last 20 matches in the UEFA Champions League (6U, 7N).
After Napoli finished third behind Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool in last year’s group stage, the UEFA Europa League continued with a emphatic 5-1 aggregate win over Zurich. After that, the Italians prevailed in the quarter-finals with 4:3 after back-to-back matches against Salzburg, before they failed for the second time in a row at European level at a club from England – they lost in the quarter-finals against Arsenal, away with 0:2 and at home with 0:1.
• Despite victories against Liverpool and Genk this season, Napoli have won only six of their last 12 home games in the UEFA Champions League (group stage to final).
• Napoli have lost their last four games in back-to-back matches against Spanish teams. The overall balance: 1S, 5N. The only success was over Valenica in the first round of the UEFA Cup 1992/93.
• Barcelona scored 14 points in Group F and were four points ahead of Borussia Dortmund. Half of the yield was taken out. After a zero number in Dortmund there were 2-1 victories at Slavia Praha and Internazionale. At home, the Catalans beat Inter (2-1) and Dortmund (3-1), and there was a 0-0 draw against Slavia.
• With his victory against Inter on the sixth day of play, Ansu Fati became the youngest scorer in UEFA Champions League history (17 years, 40 days). He replaced the previous record holder Peter Ofori-Quaye of Olympiacos, who had met in 1997 at the age of 17 years and 195 days.
• Barca have won only six of the last 16 away games in the European Cup (6U, 4N.
• Blaugrana’s record in away matches against Italian clubs: 7S, 11U, 7N. The club has been winless in Italy for eight games (5U, 3N).
• In 2018/19 Barcelona won the Spanish championship for the 26th time, it was their fourth title win in the last five years. The Catalans were in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League for the 24th time and together with Real Madrid hold the record. In the last 16 years they have reached at least the quarter-finals and remained unbeaten in the group stage in the last three years.
• On the sixth day of play, Barcelona celebrated their 150th victory in a Champions League encounter. Only Real Madrid had reached this milestone before.
• In the 2018/19 quarter-finals, the Catalans beat Lyon (0-0 away, 5-1 at home) and in the quarter-finals against Manchester United (1-0 away, 3-0 at home) before losing to Liverpool in the semi-finals. Barcelona won the opening game 3-0, but the Reds made a brilliant turnaround at Anfield Road.
• Barcelona has been a permanent guest in the knockout round since 2004/05. The Spaniards also reached the quarter-finals in 13 of 15 cases.
• Barcelona’s record against Italian clubs over back-to-back matches: 8S, 5N. The last two duels were lost both: against Juventus in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League 2016/17 and against Roma in the following season.
• Barcelona have lost only two of their last 29 games in the UEFA Champions League (S18, 9U).
• In the knockout round, Barcelona have won only one of their last eight away games (2U, 5N).
• Barcelona have won the European premier class five times so far, most recently in 2015.
Kostas Manolas marked the decisive third goal for Roma in their memorable comeback against Barcelona in the 2017/18 quarter-finals.
• Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso has had to deal with Barcelona six times as a player from AC Milan in the UEFA Champions (2S, 2U, 2N).
• Have played in Italy:
Arturo Vidal (Juventus 2011-15)
Neto (Fiorentina 2011-15, Juventus 2015-17)
• Vidal’s record in Serie A against Napoli with Juventus: S4 U2 N1, in these seven games he scored two goals.
• Have played in Spain:
José Callejon (Espanyol 2008-11, Real Madrid 2011-13)
Fabien Ruz (Real Betis 2016-18, Elche 2017 (loan))
Fernando Llorente (Athletic Club 2005-13, Sevilla 2015-16)
Orestis Karnezis (Granada 2013/14 ))
• Rui was a youth player with Valencia in 2008.
• Have played together:
Fernando Llorente & Arturo Vidal (Juventus 2013-15)
• Teammates in the national team:
Fabien Ruiz & Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto (Spain)
Allan & Arthur (Brazil)
Morio Rui & Nélson Semedo (Portugal)
• Diego Maradona wore the jersey of both clubs. In 1982 he joined Barcelona and won the Spanish Super Cup and the Copa del Rey in his first season. After 38 goals in 58 games, he moved to Napoli in 1984, with whom he was successful in the UEFA Cup in 1989 and won two championships, the Coppa Italia and the Italian Super Cup.