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UCL Preview: Barcelona vs Napoli

Typically, progressing to the knockout stage of the Champions League is a sign that your club is headed in the right direction and things are fine. For both Napoli and Barcelona, it only delayed the inevitable. Both Carlo Ancelotti and Ernesto Valverde were sacked as a result of poor performance, disappointing standing in the league, bad football, any of the above, really. The usual reasons. Yet neither new manager really looks to be the person to take over for the long term. This is a match of two interims.

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UCL Group E: What To Expect

What Liverpool and J├╝rgen Klopp have managed to accomplish in the past three years stops just short of perfect. Having reached their second consecutive Champions League final, their performances in Europe were matched by their performances in England. Dominant display after dominant display, the 97 points they reached is the third-highest total in the history of the Premier League. Sadly, for them, it is the most points scored by a team without winning the title. Just short of perfect. Picking up where they left off, Napoli, Salzburg and Genk are in for a wild ride.

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