Barcelona are set to host Napoli for the first time in a competitive match. The last team to win their first away UEFA Champions League match at Camp Nou was Rubin Kazan in October 2009 (2-1).
Napoli’s two previous away UEFA Champions League knockout matches have ended in defeat, losing 1-4 to Chelsea in March 2012 and 1-3 to Real Madrid in February 2017.
Barcelona have progressed from each of their last 19 UEFA Champions League knockout ties after avoiding defeat in the first leg away from home, only failing to progress once, going out to Juventus in the 2002-03 quarter final (1-1 first leg, 1-2 second leg).
Napoli have won just one of their last 10 away UEFA Champions League matches (D4 L5), winning 3-2 at Red Bull Salzburg in October 2019. However, they are unbeaten in all three away matches this season (W1 D2).
Barcelona’s run of 35 home UEFA Champions League matches without defeat (W31 D4) is the second-longest in the history of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League, behind Bayern Munich’s 43-match run between 1969 and 1991.
Napoli’s Dries Mertens has scored six UEFA Champions League goals this season, one shy of the record for goals in a single season in UEFA competition for the club; both Edinson Cavani (2012-13 UEFA Europa League) and Gonzalo Higuain (2014-15 UEFA Europa League) scored seven each.
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has been directly involved in 11 goals in his last five home UEFA Champions League knockout matches at Camp Nou (8 goals, 3 assists), scoring a brace in four of those five matches.
Napoli have failed to progress from nine of their last 10 UEFA European knockout ties when failing to win the first leg, last progressing in 2013-14 against Swansea City in the UEFA Europa League last 32 (0-0 first leg, 3-1 second leg).
This is Quique Setién’s first home UEFA Champions League match as Barcelona manager – 10 of their previous 11 managers have won their first such match at Camp Nou, with only Louis van Gaal failing to do so in a 2-2 draw against PSV in October 1997.
Barcelona have qualified for the UEFA Champions League quarter-final in each of the last 12 campaigns, last failing in 2006-07 under Frank Rijkaard; no other team has qualified for the last-eight of the competition in more than eight consecutive seasons.
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