Barça awaits Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the Champions League after beating Naples by three goals to one. German team thrashed Chelsea. The best Barça was not seen, but the victory allows them to continue dreaming of becoming the best team in Europe.
The tie was very close after the draw on one goal in the first leg at San Paolo. Anything could happen during the meeting. However, Barcelona, despite not playing their best game, dominated the game from start to finish.
Messi, the man of the match
Just ten minutes after the start of the match, the Blaugrana defender, Lenglet, scored the first goal of the game. A hit that the Italians could not overcome. And just a few minutes later, at minute 23, Messi scored the second goal for Barça and sentenced the tie. The Argentine resurfaced like the Phoenix Bird and scored another goal that was disallowed.
Blaugrana team showed good rhythm of play, the best since the restart of the season, during the first part of the game. The match was sentenced with the penalty in favor of Messi that his teammate Luis Suárez threw from eleven meters.
Barça awaits Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals
In the second half, Barça considerably slowed down the pace of play and Napoli did not know how to take advantage of it, despite Insigne scoring a goal after a few minutes. The three to one at the Camp Nou brings Barça closer to Lisbon. Barça awaits Bayern in the quarterfinals. They also thrashed Chelsea in the round of 16 and await the team led by Messi on Friday the 14th. Flick’s team thrashed the English team Chelsea four to one. The Germans arrive in great physical shape after winning the league and the German Cup. They are the favorites to win this exciting and spectacular competition.
Disagreements in the club
Barça need to win and stay alive to get the only title of the season to which they aspire, after winning Real Madrid LaLiga 2019/2020. A defeat in the Champions League could mean the dismissal of the current coach. For now, the move to the quarterfinals allows Quique Setién to continue training the Catalan club team.
The league break due to the coronavirus crisis has considerably harmed the Blaugranas. In the eleven games that remained for the end of LaLiga, Barcelona has been seen in low physical and emotional shape. The disagreements between players, coach and technical team and the board have taken their toll on Barcelona on the field.
The sprouts endangered the match
In the days before the match, UEFA considered the possibility that the match would be played in Lisbon due to the massive outbreaks in the city of Barcelona and its surroundings. However, after carefully analyzing the situation, the body decided that the game would be played as planned at the Camp Nou. The Catalan health authorities always considered that it was safe for the game to be played at the Camp Nou.
Technical sheet Barcelona (3) – Naples (1)
Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Alba, Nelson Semedo, Piqué, Clement Lenglet, Frenkie De Jong, Griezmann (Monchu, min. 83), Sergi Roberto, Rakitic, Messi and Luis Suárez (Júnior Firpo, min. 91).
Naples: David Ospina, Mário Rui, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Koulibaly, Manolas, Diego Demme (Lobotka, min. 45), Fabián (Eljif Elmas, min. 78), Zielinski (Hirving Lozano, min. 69), Callejón (Politano, min. 69), Insigne (Arkadiusz Milik, min. 78) and Mertens
Goals: Clement Lenglet (10 min), Messi. (23 min), Luis Suárez (P., 45 min). Insigne (49 min).
Referee: Cüneyt Çakir.