Napoli vs Barcelona how and where to watch: Champions League
All the information on how and where to watch the Champions League last-16 tie between Napoli and Barcelona at the San Paolo on Tuesday 25 February 2020.
Tuesday's Champions League last-16 first-leg tie between Napoli and Barcelona will be the first time these two clubs have met in official competition. They have crossed paths just once - in a pre-season friendly on 25 May 1978 - a game which ended in a 1-1 draw but apart from that, they have managed to avoid each other in European competition, until now.
🔝🐐 g⚽️als vs teams from 🇮🇹❗️ pic.twitter.com/qdTjuLbIvz— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 24, 2020
And the Maradona link, a player who played for both Barça and Napoli, has pushed expectation levels into overdrive - the San Paolo was where he lit up countless afternoons during his seven seasons in southern Italy and his compatriot Leo Messi, will be stepping out onto the hallowed turf for the first time. Messi, who has scored in every LaLiga ground but only in Rome and Milan in Barça's visits to Italy, would love nothing more than to add the San Paolo, Maradona's old stomping ground, to his hit list.
Napoli go into the game after back-to-back wins against Brescia and Lecce. They've lost four Serie A games since the New Year started and sit sixth in the table on 36 points - nine points off the qualifying places for next season's Champions League. Gennaro Gattuso has Elseid Hysaj available again but has left flu-striken Fernando Llorente and Kalidou Koulibaly out of his 21-man squad. Included in the list are a few familiar faces - José Callejón and Fabián Ruiz know Barça from their time in LaLiga. Insigne, Mertens and Milik are also in the list.
As for Barcelona, the weekend's 5-0 win over Eibar was just the tonic they needed after what has been a turbulent couple of weeks. Messi, who had been conspicuosly off the scoresheet in recent games made up for that with a four-goal spree - and is now just 17 goals from equalling Pelé's club goal scoring record. That victory put Barça back at the top of the table in LaLiga after Real Madrid slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Levante.
Long-term casualties Luis Suárez and Ousmane Dembélé miss the game - as will Jordi Alba; but recent signing Martin Braithwaite, who made his debut on Saturday, is in the list. Quique Setién has brought along several B team players for the experience - Iñaki Peña, Riqui Puig, Álex Collado, Ansu Fati, Ronald Araujo and Sergio Akieme.
What time does Napoli vs Barcelona start?
The 2019-20 Champions League last-16 first leg between Napoli and Barcelona will be played at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy on Tuesday 25 February 2020 and kicks off at 21:00 hours local time (CET).
That’s 20:00 hours in the UK, 16:00 hours in Dallas, 12:00 hours in Los Angeles and 15:00 hours in New York.
Where can I watch Napoli vs Barcelona?
No matter where in the world you are, find out where you can access the Napoli-Barcelona game here. Online viewing may be available via the media outlets in question and their respective IOS/Android application.
United States: TUDN en Vivo, UniMás, B/R Live, TUDN USA, Univision NOW.
United Kingdom: BT Sport 3, Talksport 2 Radio UK, BT Sport Live.
Spain: Movistar Liga de Campeones, Mitele Plus, Movistar+.
Italy: NOW TV, SKY Go Italia, Sky Sport Uno, Sky Calcio 2
Saudi Arabia: beIN Sports HD 1, beIN SPORTS CONNECT.
Nigeria: Canal+ Sport 1 Afrique, SuperSport 12, DStv Now, SuperSport 3 Africa
Napoli vs Barcelona live on AS English
You can also follow all the action right here on AS English, with our inimitable minute-by-minute live coverage of the match. As usual, we will be building up with all of the latest news and reaction throughout the day right up until kick-off in Naples.
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