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Barca march into the UCL QFs, breaking shackles against Napoli

By Real11 - Mar 13 2024 129 Views
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Barcelona stats at home this season: 12 goals and 100% win record

Barcelona won when they hosted Napoli in the second leg of the last 16 of the 2023/2024 UCL on Tuesday(12th March 2024) which took place at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys and ended with a scoreline of 3-1. The Spanish giants took a 2-0 lead through goals from Fermin Lopez in the 15th minute and Joao Cancelo in the 17th minute. Visitors Napoli tried to catch up through Amir Rrahmani's goal in the 30th minute, but Barcelona pulled away again through Robert Lewandowski's goal in the 83rd minute. Xavi's side was forced to settle with a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Italy last week when they met Napoli.

Winning 3-1 at home, La Blaugrana also qualified for the quarter-finals with an aggregate of 4-2 last night. Apart from ensuring they qualify for the next round, the 5-time UCL winner has also successfully maintained their 100% home record in the Champions League this season. In their four home matches, they won all matches, In those 4 home matches, Xavi's team also scored a total of 12 goals against their opponents.

Barcelona is indeed less convincing when playing away from home in those four away matches in the UCL this season, Barcelona has only won once and they narrowly won 1-0 away from home against Porto in the group phase, then lost 0-1 to Shakhtar Donetsk and lost 2-3 to Royal Antwerp. The 27-time La Liga winner then drew 1-1 against the Italian side in the first leg of the round of 16. In contrast, Barca is still inevitable at home and they managed to secure 4 home games and four wins.

In the group phase, Barcelona slaughtered Antwerp 5-0, and won 2-1 respectively over Shakhtar and Porto, then silenced Napoli 3-1 in the second leg of the round of 16. In the quarter-finals, even though it is still unknown who their opponents will be, this 100% home record will likely still be one of Barcelona's main assets this season.



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