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Opportunity for Barcelona to forget domestic failures

The chances of Lionel Messi ,33, winning the European title once again are getting weaker and weaker over time.
FC Barcelona’s Dembele, right, celebrates after scoring with teammates his side’s second goal during a Spanish Copa del Rey soccer match between FC Barcelona and Levante at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Kathmandu: Barcelona is facing Napoli in the second leg of the last 16 of the European Champions League on Saturday night at 1:15 pm Nepali time. The first leg match ended in a 1-1 draw. Therefore, Barcelona will be a strong candidate to reach the quarterfinals when they play at home in the second time.

Barcelona, ​​who lost to Real Madrid in the La Liga title race, can no longer imagine being knocked out of the European Champions League. In a way, Barcelona is safe in this last 16 time. They scored a goal away from home in a draw at Napoli.

Anton Griezmann successfully headed the ball for Barcelona against a goal by Dris Martens. But the problem for Barcelona is that not everything is going well at Camp Numa. Coach Quick Setin is under intense pressure. Barcelona, ​​who last won the European Championship five years ago, are in the running to win their sixth title.

Lionel Messi himself is 33 years old since the first leg. The chances of him winning the European title once again are getting weaker and weaker over time. So Messi himself will be motivated to do well in the Champions League.

Napoli have won the Italian Cup this season, beating Juventus. So the challenge they poses will not be less for Barcelona.

Published Date: Saturday, August 8th, 2020 | 06:45 AM

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