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Official: Osimhen starts for Napoli against Barcelona

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Napoli have released their official lineup that will take on Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16 first leg tonight, featuring none other than Victor Osimhen.

The Nigerian’s participation was in doubt for the first leg, with the player suffering from a muscle problem. However, he has been given the medical green light, and starts as the centre-forward.

He is partnered by Khvicha Kvaratskhelia on the left-wing, while Matteo Politano takes responsibility of the right-wing, tasked with going up against Joao Cancelo.

Stanislav Lobotka has been given the nod to start in central midfield, alongside Frank Anguissa and Swedish baller Jens Cajuste.

In defence, meanwhile, captain Giovanni Di Lorenzo starts as the right-back, while Mathias Olivera comes into the side as the left-back over Pasquale Mazzocchi and Mario Rui.

Amir Rrahmani and Juan Jesus will occupy the central defence, screening Alex Meret, who continues as the first-choice goalkeeper under the new management of Francesco Calzona.

Confirmed Napoli XI: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Jesus, Olivera; Anguissa, Lobotka, Cajuste; Politano, Osimhen, Kvara

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