Season so far
The most striking thing is winning streak of the “Azzurri” – the team have left the pitch as winners in their last eight games. Their success is also highlighted by the fact that they’ve scored 54 goals and only allowed 15 in on the other side.
Napoli joined this season’s Champions League through the play-offs. The South Italian side beat Nice convincingly to go through (winning 2-0 in each leg). Napoli ended the group stage of the competition in third place with six points.
Ones to watch
The Belgium international has been under contract at Napoli since the 2013-14 season and the 30-year-old has since made 220 competitive appearances for the club, during which time he has racked up 87 goals and 58 assists.
Mertens has also shown his goalscoring ability this season – he’s scored 19 goals and made 12 assists in his 34 appearances so far this season. He’s the fifth-highest scorer in Serie A with 15 goals.
Because the centre forward picked up three yellow cards in the Champions League group matches, the Belgian must serve a one-match ban and sit out the first-leg fixture.
The Slovakian international can’t be imagined playing for any club other than Napoli anymore. The 30-year-old has been with the club since summer 2007. The midfielder has played 485 matches for the South Italians to date and overtook Napoli legend Diego Maradona’s goal record in December 2017 when he scored his 188th goal for the club.
The winger has played for Napoli for eight years and has made 32 appearances this season, scoring ten goals and making eight assists.
The 26-year-old Italian forms a third of the threatening attacking trio along with Dries Mertens and José Callejón.
Current squad situation
- Napoli are missing four players at the moment.
- Leandrinho has been out with a muscle injury since February.
- Faouzi Ghoulam has also been out since February. The leftback suffered a kneecap injury in his right leg.
- Vlad Chiricheș has a leg muscle injury and will likely not be able to play against Die Roten Bullen.
- Centre forward Arkadiusz Milik suffered a knee injury in September.
- Founded: 1st August 1926
- Club colour: Light blue
- All-time record appearance holder: Marek Hamšík (485 appearances)
- All-time record goalscorer: Marek Hamšík (118 goals)
- Stadium: Stadio San Paolo
Built in 1959
Field size: 110 × 68 m