Napoli president bets on playing away from Camp Nou and attacks UEFA

Tanya Simon
August 1, 2020

Aurelio De Laurentiis has admitted he's concerned about Napoli needing to travel to Spain for their Champions League clash against Barcelona amid a spike in coronavirus cases in the country.

"You hear huge fears from Spain and UEFA just ignores the issue, I'm calling them constantly but it's embarrassing".

"The match is scheduled to take place in Barcelona as planned". The victor will join quarter-finalist in Portugal.

UEFA confirmed this month that the remaining Champions League and Europa League round of 16 second-leg ties that have been postponed in March could be played in the stadiums of the home teams.

"I don't understand why we have to go to a city that at the moment has huge problems", De Laurentiis declared. This summer we played two, then we had a third in the first leg of the last 16 in the Champions League.

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Madrid plays at Manchester City on August 7 in the Champions League, while Sevilla is scheduled to face AS Roma in the Europa League next Thursday in Duisburg, Germany.

After learning of a positive case of Covid-19 in the Real Madrid, were also reported infected in Seville, Almeria and Saragossa, taking into account the focus that was in the Fuenlabrada.

Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa said Thursday that 60% of Spain's recent uptick in infections are in the northeast regions of Catalonia, whose biggest city is Barcelona, and neighboring Aragon. We are on alert and acting appropriately. With the situation under control, Spain moved towards a new normality that allowed planning this pending duel in the Camp Nou before the so-called "Final 8" to be held in full in Lisbon from mid-August.

"It they have decided that the Champions League is in Portugal and the Europa League in Germany, I think we can go to Portugal or Germany for the round of 16, I don't understand why we should stay in a city that presents major problems".

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