FC Barcelona vs Napoli: Xavi Makes Four Lineup Changes

FC Barcelona lineup changes against Napoli

FC Barcelona vs. Napoli: Xavi Set to Shake Up Lineup with Four Changes

FC Barcelona’s head coach, Xavi Hernandez, is gearing up to make four changes to his starting lineup as they prepare to face Napoli in a crucial Champions League last-16 second-leg clash at the Montjuic Stadium on Tuesday.

In a press conference ahead of the match, Xavi emphasized the importance of this game, stating, “It’s the most crucial game of the season so far. We are prepared and enthusiastic. It’s been four years since we last reached the quarter-finals. The competition is key.”

Despite Napoli’s recent struggles, Xavi warned against underestimating them, acknowledging their status as the reigning Serie A champions. He called on the fans to create another memorable night at the stadium.

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“We need to turn the tables. This is our chance to reach the quarter-finals. It’s a game in front of our fans. We have some players missing, but we won’t make excuses. We need to be courageous. We are not afraid to fail; instead, we need to show that we belong at this level,” Xavi declared.

Regarding the lineup changes, the defensive setup remains largely unchanged, with Marc-Andre Ter Stegen in goal, supported by Joao Cancelo, Ronald Araujo, Pau Cubarsi, and Jules Kounde.

In midfield, Andreas Christensen will continue as the pivot, with Fermin Lopez and Ilkay Gundogan ahead of him, replacing Raphinha.

Up front, Lamine Yamal returns to his usual right-wing position, with Robert Lewandowski leading the attack alongside Rahphinha, leaving Joao Felix out of the starting lineup.

The match promises to be a thrilling encounter, with Barcelona looking to secure a spot in the quarter-finals after their 1-1 draw in the first leg against Napoli.

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