It’s been a bad few days for the Serie A leaders.
They’ve lost their only home game against Palermo and their only Champions League game against Napoli and have been outscored by an average of six goals.
The result means they’ve gone into their home match against Valencia on Wednesday with a 1-0 defeat in the first leg and will now have to wait until next Sunday to get their first Champions League qualification since 2011.
The same can’t be said for the rest of their group which includes the two most important teams in Serie A: Napoli, who sit third in the table and have the easiest route to Champions League football, and Valencia, who will play on the final day of the season in their own stadium in Palerma.
With two games in hand, the rest will be decided in a matter of days.
As we all know, the draw will be done at 8pm on Wednesday.
This means that the match against the Spanish giants will have to be postponed to ensure it gets played in time.
This is something that has happened before, most recently at the 2010 Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid when the match was held at 6pm.
A total of 10,000 tickets were sold in the final minutes and, of those, 4,000 were sold on deadline day.
In that case, the game was held the day before the date and only about 300 tickets were available.
There are a lot of factors that go into making such a decision but there is one thing that has to be kept in mind: a game of such significance in the Champions League is extremely difficult to officiate, both at home and away.
This was certainly the case in 2010, when Napoli drew 2-2 with Barcelona and went on to lose to a Manchester United side who beat Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions Leagues.
For some reason, this will be the case again this time.
A loss would mean that Napoli will be without four players from their squad for the match, including their best player, Alessandro Nesta, who is still out with a knee injury.
With the rest, only one of the centre-backs, Daniele Rugani and Alessandro De Marchi, and goalkeeper Alessandro Manzano will play.
And the only other left-back, Graziano Pelle, will not be fit for the game either.
Napoli’s chances of qualifying for the Champions league have improved somewhat in recent weeks, but they’ll still have to find a way to overcome their lack of firepower.
The team that has been able to make the most of their chances against Barcelona will do well in their semi-finals match against Real Sociedad, who have only beaten the Catalan club once.
It will be a difficult match to score against a side that has a history of being able to produce dangerous counterattacks.
But Napoli have some options up front and the club has also shown some good form in the past.
The last time Napoli played at the Bernabeu, in 2010/11, they won the Champions’ League.
This time around, however, the Argentinian club will be looking for their first win since the last match of the 2011/12 season.
That victory, which saw them defeat Valencia 1-1 in the Europa League, was the club’s first in 16 years.
The squad that finished the season as the best in the division was also the best on paper.
In the Champions Europa League group stages, they only lost to Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid.
Napolitano will have some problems against Real, who are on a two-match winning run, but will also be without Diego Costa, who has been suspended by Real since being involved in a scuffle with Palermino.
The Spanish side has scored a total of three goals in their last three matches, and have scored a league-high seven goals.
There is one problem for the team: it’s not in their favour.
Diego Costa is their best striker.
He has scored seven goals in his last seven games.
This will be one of his last games for the club.
If he can’t score, it’s going to be a tough match.
It would be a very difficult game for the Napoli squad.
For this reason, they’ll need a solid performance from the likes of Francesco Totti, Andrea Pirlo, Giuseppe Rossi and Gonzalo Higuain, who all have to provide for the entire squad.
Totti will probably be in the starting line-up and it is doubtful that Pirlot will start in goal for the third-choice striker position.
Rossi will probably start for the injured Giorgio Chiellini.
Higuani and Chiello will start on the left and right wing.
The latter will start against the visitors with Napoli in the lead.
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