Napoli vs Barcelona: Preview, kick-off time and where to watch on TV and online – Champions League 2023/24 

Napoli have got another new coach and Francesco Calzona's first match will be a tough Champions League clash with Barcelona.


Napoli’s draw against Genoa in Serie A this weekend was Aurelio De Laurentiis’ final straw with Walter Mazzarri, and he has now been sacked. As a result, the club will move forward with the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie against Barcelona.

The Partenopei’s recent form has been torrid, the Genoa draw being the latest instalment. Now, with Francesco Calzona at the helm, there is hope that they can finally turn things around under a former student of Luciano Spaletti and Maurizio Sarri.

After announcing his decision to step down at the end of the current season, Xavi Hernandez will be hoping to leave Barcelona on a high by winning the Champions League, a competition which has eluded the Catalan club since 2015.

Napoli captain Giovanni Di Lorenzo in action in the Champions League. (Photo: SSC Napoli Facebook)

Napoli vs Barcelona: Predicted line-ups

Napoli might name Victor Osimhen in their starting XI for the first time this year after the striker returned recently from playing at the Africa Cup of Nations. He came back last week but was unable to play last weekend, and it is hoped he will be fit to play on Wednesday evening.

Barcelona will be without several key players for their trip to Naples, with Alejandro Balde, Gavi, Ferran Torres and Sergi Roberto absent. There is, however, hope that Joao Felix will make the starting lineup.

Napoli predicted XI vs Barcelona (4-3-3): Gollini; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Ostigard, Mazzocchi; Anguissa, Lobotka, Zielinski; Politano, Osimhen, Kvaratskhelia.

Barcelona predicted XI vs Napoli (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Kounde, Araujo, Martinez, Cancelo; De Jong, Pedri, Gundogan; Yamal, Lewandowski, Felix.

Napoli’s Khvicha Kvaratskhelia in Champions League action against SC Braga. (@sscnapoli)

Champions League: When does Napoli vs Barcelona start?

Kick-off in the Champions League Round of 16 first leg fixture of Napoli vs Barcelona is set for 21:00 CET, local time in Italy, on Wednesday, February 21.

For viewers in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the game will start at 20:00 GMT. That is 15:00 EDT / 12:00 PDT in the United States.

Champions League: Where to watch Napoli vs Barcelona

For fans in the United States, Napoli vs Barcelona will be on Paramount+ along with other fixtures in the Champions League Round of 16 first leg.

Napoli vs Barcelona will be shown on TNT Sports 2 in the United Kingdom and Ireland.


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