Gattuso has a surefire way, Napoli vs Barcelona,

Napoli coach, Gennaro Gattuso

Gennaro Gattuso, claimed to have been spying on Barcelona's tactician, Quique Setien, for years.
Napoli will host Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 at the San Paolo Stadium on Tuesday (2/25/2020)

In European competition this season, Napoli successfully performed brilliantly without even losing.

The club nicknamed Gli Azzuri also finished as Group E runners-up with a collection of 12 points.

Even so, the team that will be faced by Gattuso's foster children in the Champions League continued is not an easy opponent.

Barcelona has just topped the Spanish league standings after clearing Eibar with a score of 5-0.

Realizing the opponents he would face were not easy, Gattuso claimed he was preparing his team.

The match against Barca will be Gattuso's debut as a coach at the most prestigious event between European clubs.

Gattuso, nicknamed Ringhio for always playing with a lot of hard work when he became a footballer, admitted that his opponents in the match were a great team.

"We will face a great team and I thank Ancelotti and the team for allowing me to go through the match. I have not done anything so far," Gattuso said.

Meanwhile, Quique Setien as Barca coach, has announced the players who will be taken to face Napoli.

Setien did not register Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele, Jordi Alba and Sergio Roberto because of injuries.

Instead, Setien included Barcelona B players, Sergio Akieme, Ronald Araujo, Alex Collado, Inaki Pena, and Riqui Puig.

Although Barca will not be strengthened by a number of its flagship players, Gattuso still does not want to underestimate Lionel Messi et al.

According to him, Setien has successfully brought Barca back into a great team.

"It's true that Barcelona lacks players, but with Setien they have been back doing what they have been doing for years," said Gattuso.

"We must not only think about mastering their ball, but we must also think about how to win the ball and be careful when we have the ball, because they will always try to win it again," the 41-year-old coach added.

Gattuso claims, the players who entered the Barca squad have good quality and appearance.

The former AC Milan coach also has no doubts about Setien's ability to choose the players to enter the squad against Napoli.

"I have been spying on Setien for 5 years, even since training Las Palmas," said Gattuso.

"I also noticed him in the European League last season. He has great football vision and I respect him very much."

"I also appreciate the culture of Barcelona. With Setien, I see Barcelona is able to show what has not been seen in several years," said Gattuso added.


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