Barcelona will play Napoli in the second leg of the Champions League. According to Napoli defender, Kostas will be ready to stop Lionel Messi with teamwork.
Just a 1-1 draw in their first meeting against Barça at San Paolo, Napoli really had to fight hard to qualify for the next round of the Champions League. Travelling to the Camp Nou without an audience will continue to be a difficult match for Gennaro Gattuso. Because they have to be able to score goals.
In addition to being asked to score goals, Napoli, of course, must also be able to stop Barcelona’s attack which will be led by their star, Lionel Messi. Stopping Messi is not going to be an easy job, but Partenopei already has a way of doing it.
According to the statement from Napoli’s main defender, Kostas Manolas to La Repubblica, the way to stop Messi is through teamwork and without being afraid of the Argentine player’s talent. Given that Manolas individually regards the 33-year-old forward as the best, especially in terms of quality and intelligence on the grid, it will indeed require the role of all Napoli players to stop the superstar.
Messi’s ability is often a differentiator on the field for all teams facing Barcelona. The Argentine striker has frequently inspired his teammates with impressive individual action culminating in Barça’s winning goal.
Barcelona vs Napoli : Champions League 2019-20
However, for Manolas, he himself feels quite confident of Napoli’s chances to beat Barcelona. One of the reasons for his confidence is that the former AS Roma defender feels. “The pressure will be felt by Barça more because they are undoubtedly more favoured than us.”
Even so, Napoli, itself is not exempt from problems in the face of the important game against Barcelona. Because Gattuso’s team will be threatened by not being able to be reinforced by their captain Lorenzo Insigne. The Italian forward suffered an injury when his team faced Lazio and is currently still in the process of recovery.