Barca to have only 13 players available for the Napoli second leg!

27.2.2020.  

Barcelona battled to a 1:1 draw against Napoli in the Champions League first knockout round as the struggling Italian side proved to be a tougher nut to crack. It seems that the Spanish side will have an even harder time in the second leg, despite playing at home, as Quique Setien will have to choose between 13 players for the match.


Due to injuries and registration rules, Barca might have to play the whole game without any substitutes. The manager might have to change up the tactics beforehand.


Arturo Vidal received a red card in the dying moments of the Napoli game and will miss the rematch because of it. With other injuries, most notably Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele, Setien will have a headache when coming up with the team. And not the usual sweet troubles Barca managers have.


Martin Braithwaite can only help the team in La Liga as CL registration was done before the striker arrived.


The 13 players Setien will have at his disposal include Gerard Pique who had troubles with fitness this season and was substituted out during the clash at San Paolo due to an injury.


As Barca have three games before the Napoli clash, two of them big ones, it's not excluded that more players end up getting hurt. El Clasico is next and Real Madrid players won't be gentle.


Available players for the Napoli game:


Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Neto, Junior Firpo, Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti, Ivan Rakitić, Frenkie de Jong, Arthur, Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi, Ansu Fati


Unavailable players for the Napoli game:


Jordi Alba (injured), Sergi Roberto (injured), Sergio Busquets (suspended), Arturo Vidal (suspended), Ousmane Dembele (injured) Martin Braithwaite (unregistered), Luis Suarez (injured)



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