Barcelona must remain vary of suspensions in Naples


HAMBURG, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 07: Ronald Araújo of Barcelona in action during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Barcelona at Volksparkstadion on November 07, 2023 in Hamburg, Germany.
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The FC Barcelona team has already traveled to Italy to face Napoli in their upcoming UEFA Champions League clash. Getting a good result in this game will be essential for Xavi not only to make things easier for himself in the return leg but also to make a statement and relieve himself of some of the pressure he has been feeling for months.

FC Barcelona have named 23 players in their squad list for this match, which includes both Sergi Roberto and Joao Felix, as they look to return to action after their injury lay-offs.

However, if they get some time on the pitch, both of these players will have to be extra careful. This is because, as Mundo Deportivo reports, both of them have already accumulated two yellow cards and will be suspended for the return tie at the Montjuic on the 12th of March if they see another yellow card in this match.

In addition to this returning duo, Ronald Araujo also has two yellow cards to his name in the Champions League, and being a key defender for Xavi, he will also have to take extra precautions to ensure he does not get booked, and thus miss the second leg of this tie.

It needs to be remembered here that the Uruguayan was substituted in the match against Celta at half-time, but has been named in the squad for the Napoli match.

Another player who has seen two yellow cards in this edition of the European tournament is Ferran Torres, but he has not been named in the squad for this game as he is still recovering from an injury.

Other players like Joao Cancelo, Jules Kounde, Lamine Yamal, and Frenkie de Jong have one card each to their names, and they will also have to be careful as more cards can lead to their suspension in the knock-out stages of the tournament.

Ahmad Sarmad Ansari
Ahmad Sarmad Ansari
Ahmad Sarmad Ansari has been covering Spanish football as a writer for Barca News Network for the last one and a half year and as an amateur football fanatic for more than 10 years. He mainly covers on and off-field happenings taking place at Barcelona including transfer news, administrative changes, match reports, and any other eventful news coming out of the club.

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