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Italy: Napoli's Gattuso, Insigne praise Messi ahead of Champions League encounter

Italy, Naples
February 24, 2020 at 17:13 GMT +00:00 · Published

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SSC Napoli head coach Gennaro Gattuso and forward Lorenzo Insigne praised Lionel Messi as the world's greatest football player at a news conference in Naples on Monday ahead of the first-leg last-16 tie against FC Barcelona in UEFA Champions League.

As the Catalan club are being seen as favourites, both Gattuso and Insigne pledged to put up a fight during the game on Tuesday.

"If you ask if we can make it, yes we can make it, surely we have to try even if we are facing these great champions. We faced Liverpool, the European champions, and we won at home and drew away from home. I think that if we approach this match in the best possible way, we can have a great game and get a great result," said Insigne.

Gattuso has been in charge of Napoli since December, when he took over Carlo from Ancelotti after a run of poor home results.

Napoli will meet Barcelona at the San Paolo stadium in Naples on Tuesday night.

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SSC Napoli head coach Gennaro Gattuso and forward Lorenzo Insigne praised Lionel Messi as the world's greatest football player at a news conference in Naples on Monday ahead of the first-leg last-16 tie against FC Barcelona in UEFA Champions League.

As the Catalan club are being seen as favourites, both Gattuso and Insigne pledged to put up a fight during the game on Tuesday.

"If you ask if we can make it, yes we can make it, surely we have to try even if we are facing these great champions. We faced Liverpool, the European champions, and we won at home and drew away from home. I think that if we approach this match in the best possible way, we can have a great game and get a great result," said Insigne.

Gattuso has been in charge of Napoli since December, when he took over Carlo from Ancelotti after a run of poor home results.

Napoli will meet Barcelona at the San Paolo stadium in Naples on Tuesday night.

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