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Setien urges ‘to look things with optimism’ after Napoli draw

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Quique Setien is confident of Barcelona’s chances of progressing into the next round of the Champions League.

FC Barcelona were held to a 1-1 by Napoli in the Champions League Round of 16 during their recent visit to the Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday.

Dries Mertens’ scored a stunning one-touch finish goal in the first half but it was canceled out by Antoine Griezmann’s close-range strike in the second one.

Barcelona will be welcoming Napoli next month at Camp Nou to have another go and try and proceed deeper into the Champions League. And although the tie is yet wide open, the Catalans will be on a huge disadvantage with key players missing in the shape of Sergio Busquests and Arturo Vidal.

Quique Setien, however, is not too concerned. Instead, he has found positives while reminding that Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto will be making their return.

“We will look for solutions,” Setien told reporters, as Goal reports.

“We’ve lost important players. But we will recover two others – Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto. We have to look at things with optimism. We will be optimistic and think positively.

“It is a good result considering that we have a return game at home. It has been a close match and I consider it fair.”