Modified 25 Feb 2020, 00:32 IST
Quique Setien insists Barcelona have not spent much time speaking about their Champions League exits by the hands of Liverpool and Roma forward of their newest try to navigate the knockout stage.
Barca are in Italy forward of dealing with Napoli within the first leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday.
The conflict comes after they infamously misplaced a three-goal first-leg lead in final season’s semi-finals at Anfield, a 12 months on from an away quarter-final collapse on the Stadio Olimpico.
While they fell to a Copa del Rey defeat in opposition to Athletic Bilbao this month, 4 straight LaLiga wins have Barca two factors away from Real Madrid on the best of the desk, a run head coach Setien believes has his staff battle-hardened.
A primary Champions League success since 2015 is maybe probably the most alluring prize nonetheless out there for Barca and Setien, who’s making ready to take cost of his first match within the competitors.
“The actuality is that little or no has been stated about what has occurred, though certainly everybody has it in thoughts,” Setien stated at his pre-match information convention when requested about Barca’s current European exits.
“Perhaps it’s not comparable. Now we’re carrying an excellent dynamic and the morale may be very optimistic. The staff is in second, like Napoli are.
“We have had tremendously exhausting matches within the league and lived by means of them, so I believe the staff is okay.
“I belief we’ll proceed on this dynamic, can keep the extent we have now been giving and may maintain it going for a very long time.”
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Setien has instructed his gamers to count on Napoli to rise to the event beneath Gennaro Gattuso.
“It’s a sport that I believe will likely be thrilling – I hope that it goes down in historical past as a result of we have now performed nicely and proven character,” added Setien.
“I all the time inform the gamers that we have now to count on one of the best model of our opposition. Every staff wants to present their all and this match will likely be no completely different.
“I do know what Napoli are able to doing. In the group stage, they did very nicely up in opposition to some top-class sides. I’m positive they’ll produce a rare efficiency.
“It’s my first sport within the Champions League sport and that may be a particular motivation for me.
“It’s very thrilling to start out this stage of the Champions League in a stadium like Stadio San Paolo, filled with ardour, filled with historical past.”
Published 25 Feb 2020, 00:32 IST
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