Barcelona Champions League was relaunched before the return leg of the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League against Naples, as UEFA said the match would take place at Camp Nou as originally planned.
There was some uncertainty as to where the match would take place when the opposition continued. The Champions League was suspended in March before the return match due to the coronavirus pandemic.
UEFA said in June that the match would take place on August 7 or 8, but could not say that it would take place at Camp Nou or on a non-partisan stage.
The European administrative body has now agreed that the match will take place at Camp Nou, with the winners qualifying for the last eight games in Portugal. The draw for the final stages of the Champions League will take place on Friday.
Privileged position Barcelona at Camp Nou
Barcelona and Napoli will travel to Camp Nou for the return leg, the hosts having a slight advantage. Quique Setien’s team drew 1-1 at Napoli’s San Paolo stadium and will feel confident to go forward because of their goal away from home.
The Catalan goliaths also have a considerable home record. They are undefeated at home this season in La Liga and have just lost their concentration twice in 18 games at Camp Nou in 2019-20.
Their home record in the rivalry with Europen is much more entrenched. Barcelona has not tasted rout on their own ground in the Champions League since their defeat against the monsters of the Bundesliga Bayern Munich in 2013.
The director Setien will invite the news because he spoke bluntly about the need to play on the device in Barcelona. He said during a question and answer session in June: “What I trust is that we are playing in Naples here. It would not be the same as playing impartially and out of the public.”
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 10, 2020
Naples in good shape in Serie A
However, Napoli will not need the certainty of equality as they have been in an acceptable structure since their return to activity after the layoff for a long time due to Covid-19. Gennaro Gattuso’s team beat Juventus to lift Coppa Italia, obtaining their first significant trophy in a long time.
They have just been beaten once since the restart, despite the fact that Gattuso revealed to Radio Kiss that he knew his team would be late for the match:
“This will not be an opportunity, we are going there to play for the movement. We should rather go on vacation as late as planned under the circumstances.”
Barcelona suffered shocking blows in the Champions League late in the season, dropping huge streaks in Rome and Liverpool. Nevertheless, history favors the side of Setien. As reported by UEFA, they never lost a round of 16 matches in the first leg at home.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) May 4, 2020