Barcelona boss Quique Setien urges UEFA to allow Champions League tie with Napoli to be played at the Nou Camp as he warns a neutral venue would give Serie A side an ‘advantage’ in crucial last-16 second leg
- Quique Setien says that a neutral venue will give Napoli an unfair advantage
- He claims the new Champions League format is ‘worse and not just for Barca’
- Setien says that Barca would miss out on having the support of their home fans
- Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw by Napoli in the first leg of their last-16 tie
Quique Setien has called on UEFA to allow Barcelona to play the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Napoli at the Nou Camp – rather than at a neutral ground in Portugal.
UEFA have confirmed plans to finish this season’s competition with a ‘final eight’ tournament in Lisbon over 12 days in August, though it remains unclear where the remaining last-16 second legs will be played.
Barcelona drew 1-1 with Napoli in the first leg of their Champions League tie, with Antoine Griezmann’s second-half equaliser handing the Catalan giants a vital away goal.
Quique Setien wants Barcelona to play the second leg of their Champions League tie at home
The second leg, which was due to take place at the Nou Camp in March, could be played at a neutral venue, potentially giving Napoli an unfair advantage.
Setien wants the game, which will now be played on either August 7 or 8, to take place as planned at Barcelona’s home ground.
‘I want to play the game in our stadium because if we don’t we give an advantage to our opponents who played the first leg in their stadium and with loads of supporters roaring them on,’ Setien said, according to ESPN.
Antoine Griezmann’s second-half equaliser in the first-leg saw Barcelona draw 1-1 with Napoli
Setien says that a neutral venue would give Dries Mertens (front) and Napoli an advantage
Asked about the ‘final eight’ tournament in Lisbon, he added: ‘The new Champions League format? I think it’s worse and not just for Barca but for everyone. With two matches you can resolve an accident, now everything will be at stake.
‘I’d prefer two legs but this is what UEFA has decided to do and we have to adapt.’
The other remaining last-16 second-leg fixtures are Manchester City’s home tie against Real Madrid, Chelsea’s trip to Bayern Munich and Juventus’s home game against Lyon.