Napoli Ready! – Italian Football News 24 Feb 22

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Napoli Ready! – Italian Football News 24 Feb 22

It will be an emotional night in Naples tonight as Napoli host Barcelona.

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Tonight’s game in Naples between Napoli and Barcelona in the Europa League playoff sees two clubs united by one man.

The Napoli stadium is now named after Diego Maradona after his death 18 months ago, the Argentinian wizard joining Napoli from Barcelona in 1984 for a huge £6.9 million.

The two clubs have not played each other much since then but the fans have remained close. That friendly rivalry will be set aside tonight with the clubs locked at 1-1 – the winners going through to the knock out round of the competition. History is against Napoli as they have never beaten Barca in a competitive game.

Barcelona forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang lived for a number of years in Milan as his father was a scout at the club. Indeed, he was on Milan’s books as a youngster although he never played for the first team.

Elsewhere, Atalanta travel to Greece to face Olympiacos with a 2-1 advantage from the first leg while Lazio must overcome a 2-1 first leg deficit to go through against FC Porto.

A full programme of Serie A games this weekend, here are the fixtures:

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