In the whole match against Barcelona, the Italian club Napoli stopped Barcelona successfully. The La Liga champion made a 1 – 1 goal draw against the Italian side earlier today. After the match, Barca coach Setien criticized the defensive style of Napoli! The new manager of Barcelona Quique Setien is very fond of the attacking football. Earlier when he was the manager of Real Betis or Las Palmas, his apprentices played some amazing and eye-catchy football. So, the football fans praised Setien. Now, he is the manager of Barcelona. He thought himself as the apprentice of Johan Cruyff. So, to the attacking football manager, the defensive style of Napoli was simply too bad what the Italian side did earlier today.
Earlier today, at the venue of Napoli Stadio San Paolo, Barcelona played the first leg of the UCL round of the last sixteen. Messi’s team could not win the match but git an important away goal. The match ended with a 1 – 1 goal draw. In the beginning, the Belgium striker of Napoli Mertens led the local team ahead and in the 2nd half, the French striker Griezmann led Barca returned to the game. But the manager Setien believes that if Napoli did not play like that, a number of goals could be scored in the match.
Napoli players all-time played at their half. Their ten players always secured defence. It is also true that Barcelona also failed to play eye-catchy football at the Stadio San Paolo. Also failed to create good chances many times. But Barca tried to change the speed of the game. Yes, Setien said it right. Barcelona failed to show as usual performance at their home venue. But about the Napoli, his statement was also quite true.
“It has taken us a lot to generate scoring chances. In the first part they defended very well and they took advantage of the only chance they had.
— Football Pundit (@Futball_Pundit) February 26, 2020
By replacing Carlo Ancelotti, in the middle of the season, Napoli has brought Gattuso. Gattuso was the defensive midfielder in his professional career as one of the best in the World. He used to give much priority to the defence instead of the attacking division. After taking control of Napoli, he changed the style of the Italian side. Under the guidance of Sarri, Napoli played eye-catchy football but now, they are playing quite defensively.
🎙️¦ Quique Setién post match statements:
🔈Setién : “It has been a fairly even game. Neither team has generated many occasions” pic.twitter.com/7HkaVbV6IE
— Barça Turf™ (@BarcaTurf) February 25, 2020
However, Setien is very hopeful for the 2nd leg which will be staged at the home venue of Barcelona. At the Nou Camp, Barcelona has the good record and they seem unstoppable. In the last two seasons of the UCL, Barcelona faced two defeats in their away venues and ruled out from the competition. And earlier today, Barcelona made a 1 – 1 goal draw. So, at the Nou Camp, Barcelona’s dream can come true.