2019/20 UEFA Champions League
SSC Napoli v FC Barcelona
Round of 16
Tuesday, 25 February 2020
Stadio San Paolo
SSC Napoli will lock horns with FC Barcelona
in the UEFA Champions League
Round of 16 first-leg clash at the Stadio San Paolo on February 25.
The Italian side advanced to the knockout stages after finishing second in Group E behind former English champions Liverpool FC.
They have been inconsistent at home this season's tournament having registered one draw and two wins over Liverpool and Genk.
Napoli have never won the Champions League trophy and they are hoping to go all the way and clinch their first trophy this season.
Meanwhile, Barcelona advanced to the Round of 16 after finishing at the top of Group F ahead of former German champions Borussia Dortmund.
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The Spanish champions are undefeated on the road in this season's competition having registered one draw and two wins over Inter Milan and Slavia Prague.
They are one of the most decorated clubs in Europe having won five Champions League trophies and they are looking to add their sixth title this year.
Lionel Messi, the Barcelona superstar, is looking forward to facing Napoli in Naples.
“I have wanted to go to that stadium for a long time, but we have never had the chance. Finally, the moment has come and I’m very excited to see what it’s like, even if it’s different now. It has been renewed and the people are different,” he told Mundo Deportivo.
“The experience of playing there will be very nice. People are very passionate there and they dreamed that if Maradona came there, why can’t Messi come? he asked.
"Yes, I know the Neapolitans are crazy about football. I had teammates that played there, like Pocho [Lavezzi] and he told me many things. He told me that they live for this and I’m very excited about going there.”
This will be the first-ever meeting between Napoli and Barcelona in a competitive match.
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Key match stats
Head-to-head, European competitions
Matches - 0
Napoli wins - 0
Barcelona wins - 0
Draws - 0
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