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Napoli vs. Athletic Bilbao, Champions League qualifying: Lineups and Discussion

Giuseppe Bellini

Hello, and welcome to the first step in Napoli's quest to make it to the Champions League group stages.

They'll start this quest by fielding Miguel Britos at left back and Walter Gargano in midfield. It's time to trust in Rafa Benítez, because leaving out Faouzi Ghoulam and Gokhan Inler for these two looks like the decision of a crazy man.

As for Athletic Bilbao, well...they have players. And they're possibly freaking out over them.

Let's all just try to breathe and think about the fact that Napoli have Marek Hamšík, José Callejón and Gonzalo Higuaín. How's everyone feeling?


If you're in Italy, you should be able to find it on Sky Calcio. If you're in the US, you're in luck: ESPN Deportes and Fox Sports 2 are showing it on TV, while Fox Sports Go and Watch ESPN are both streaming it. In the UK, you can find it on Sky 5 and Sky Go.


Napoli: Rafael; Maggio, Albiol, Koulibaly, Britos; Jorginho, Gargano; Insigne, Hamsik, Callejon; Higuain

Subs: let's hope they include some less frightening players.

Athletic Bilbao: Iraizoz; De Marcos, Gurpegi, Laporte, Balenziaga; Iturraspe, Mikel Rico; Susaeta, Benat, Muniain; Aduriz

Subs: they probably have them.