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Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri reacts to drawing Barcelona in Champions League

The two title-winning teams have been drawn together

FBL-EUR-C1-DRAW Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images

Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri has shared his thoughts after seeing his team paired with Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The two sides will face off in February in a tie which pits the champions of Italy and Spain against each other.

Here’s what Mazzarri makes of it:

“I said after the match against Cagliari that all the teams who’ve qualified for the Round of 16 are strong and therefore any draw would be difficult, this one against Barcelona is especially difficult. For Napoli it’ll be a fascinating challenge.”

Barcelona have not lost to Napoli in four European ties against the Serie A side and will be hoping to maintain that record and book a spot in the quarter-finals.

The first leg will take place in Italy at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium on 21 February, with the return at Montjuic on 12 March.

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