Napoli must play beyond their regular limits if they are to beat Barcelona and advance to the quarter-finals, believes Gennaro Gattuso.
Napoli will fancy their chances of beating Barcelona ahead of their round-of-16 second leg clash on Saturday.
Following a 1-1 draw in Italy back in February, Barca have a narrow advantage due to the away-goals rule ahead of the return game at Camp Nou.
Barcelona have struggled of late and saw a poor run of form that saw rivals Real Madrid snatch the La Liga title from their grip.
Despite all those struggles, Gattuso is refusing to buy that Napoli will have it easy against Barcelona. In fact, the 42-year-old insists his side must play better than their usual best to stand a chance of progressing to the quarter-finals.
“They are used to winning and I know that when you get used to winning you always want to do it. Tomorrow we have to climb Everest,” Gattuso said on Friday as quoted by Goal.
“In recent months I have heard many jokes, like ‘Barcelona are not in shape’, but if you go and watch them there are some players who put on a show.
“The Napoli players know it will be a very difficult match for us. We know what kind of team awaits us and we know we will have to make a great performance, both technically and tactically, and maybe that won’t even be enough.”
“We know we’re facing great champions. You need a great game to come out with a good result.”