One more day until the beginning of the knockout stage of the UEFA Europa League, where Barça will face Napoli. Here are some interesting stats and facts from Mundo Deportivo ahead of the match:
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a Europa League specialist. He has scored 25 goals in 49 games in the competition. With that figure, he’s the top African goalscorer in Europa League history. He’s also good at beating Napoli. In total, he’s defeated them three times out of four.
Luuk de Jong knows how it feels to be a key in the Europa League. In 2020, at Sevilla, the Dutch striker knocked out Man United with a decisive goal in the semi-finals (2-1). He continued to be important in the final and scored two goals against Inter in a 3-2 victory.
Napoli will be a tough opponent to handle
Barcelona will have to be aware at all times against Napoli on Thursday, but especially in the final phase of the game. 7 of Napoli’s 15 Europa League goals were scored after the 75th minute, therefore Barça should be on alert.
Romanian referee István Kovács will be the referee for the Europa League Play-Off Round 1st Leg between Barça and Napoli.
He will be officiating a match involving Barcelona for the first time.