FC Barcelona defender Clément Lenglet has spoken to UEFA regarding the upcoming Barça-Napoli Champions League game. The French defender explained that even though Barcelona has a slight advantage, Napoli is a strong team:
“Napoli is a difficult team to beat, we drew 1-1 in the first leg. Therefore, we have a small advantage but it is not too big. We will have to play a good match to qualify and travel to Portugal. Then we will fight to get as far as possible.”, said the Barça defender.
Lenglet commented on Dries Mertens, one of Napoli’s key forwards. The 25-year-old defender also added his opinion on European strikers in which he praised Lewandowski and Lukaku:
“Mertens? I couldn’t play against him in the first leg, but I did in pre-season. He is very fast in the first three metres, has great movement, and likes to run in behind the defenders. He’s lethal near the goal and scored a good goal in the first leg.
“European strikers? Lewandowski is a very skillful forward, very good in front of goal and inside the area. He’s also very physical and you have to be very attentive at all times since he can make a difference.
“Lukaku is also very difficult to defend against because he’s a big player and very strong. I prefer not to be too close to him to prevent him from turning me.”
Coutinho and Pjanic speak post Barça 1-0 Elche
Barça midfielders Philippe Coutinho and new signing Miralem Pjanic spoke to the media after Barça’s narrow 1-0 triumph over Elche at the Camp Nou.
“Being back here feels great. I missed playing here, and I’m very excited to continue.” Coutinho told the media. “We’re trying our best to adapt to the coach’s new system. The level of the team is increasing; I hope things go well.”
After having featured in all three pre-season games for Barça, Coutinho is looking forward to the upcoming La Liga season. “I am eager to help the team win. There is one week left till La Liga starts and we are all focused and excited to begin.”
“I feel very happy that I made my debut. It was great.” Pjanic said after the game. “The team are working hard to prepare for the upcoming matches.”
Miralem Pjanic and Philippe Coutinho are both essentially new additions to the Barça squad since Pjanic just joined from Juventus and Coutinho returned back from his loan spell at Bayern – where he won the treble in a remarkable fashion. Things are looking bright for Coutinho, who has featured in all of Barça’s three pre-season games. Culés around the world are expecting big things from the two after having lost Brazilian youngster Arthur to Juventus this summer.