Connect with us


Vidal spearheads Barca attack alongside Messi, Griezmann

Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Arturo Vidal will spearhead the Barcelona attack alongside Lionel Messi and Antoine Greizmann in Tuesday’s Champions League last 16, first leg at Napoli.

The clash at the Stadio San Paolo will be the first between the two teams and also a Champions League debut for Barcelona coach Quique Setien and Napoli’s Gennaro Gattuso, who took over after the group stages.

France’s Samuel Umtiti was preferred over compatriot Clement Lenglet in the Barcelona defence, while in midfield Ivan Rakitic is joined by Sergio Busquets and Frenkie De Jong.

Gattuso has opted for captain Dries Mertens up front with Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon.


Napoli (4-3-3)

David Ospina; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Nikola Maksimovic, Kostas Manolas, Mario Rui; Fabian Ruiz, Diego Demme, Piotr Zielinski; Jose Callejon, Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne (capt)

Coach: Gennaro Gattuso (ITA)

Barcelona (4-3-3)

Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo; Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Ivan Rakitic; Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi (capt), Arturo Vidal

Coach: Quique Setien (ESP)

Referee: Felix Brych (GER)

200+ Channels With Sports & News
  • Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
  • Watch Premier League, World Cup, Euro 2024 & more
  • Includes NBC, USA, FOX, ESPN, CBSSN & more
Live & On Demand TV Streaming
  • Price: $35/mo. for Sling Blue
  • Watch Premier League, World Cup & MLS
  • Includes USA, NBC, FOX, FS1 + more
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
  • Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
  • Features Bundesliga, LaLiga, Championship, & more
  • Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
2,000+ soccer games per year
  • Price: $4.99/mo
  • Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & NWSL
  • Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
  • Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
  • Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

More in AFP

Translate »