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Camp Nou to host Barcelona-Napoli Champions League clash as planned

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Barcelona’s Champions League clash against Napoli will take place at Nou Camp as planned after the Catalonia government declared the venue safe.

After a lot of uncertainty due to safety reasons, the Nou Camp has been declared fit enough for the Barcelona-Napoli fixture on Saturday.

With a recent spike in number of coronavirus cases in the region, there were lots of doubt as to where the fixture would hold.

This year’s quarter-final games down to the finals will be hosted in Portugal and Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis insisted UEFA should move the game there as well for safety measures.

On the other hand, Barcelona were determined to ‘keep’ their advantage and ensure the game takes place at the Nou Camp.

The Catalan giants may have gotten their wish after a recent statement by Catalonia’s Public Health Secretary Josep Maria Argimon. The general idea now appears to hint that the game can go on safely as scheduled.

“It is able to be played as scheduled,” Argimon told Catalan radio station RAC1 as quoted by Diario Sport

“The situation this week is better than it was last week.”

“The match can go ahead as it will be behind closed doors and we are following UEFA’s protocols, which are very strict. There will be a limit of 350 people in the stadium.”

With only a 1-1 scoreline in the first-leg, Barcelona have it all to play for as they aim to advance to the quarter-finals in the hope for Champions League glory.

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