It’s time for Napoli’s latest Champions League journey to begin, and this year it begins with an always-tricky journey to Ukraine and Shakhtar Donetsk. It’s a big, big match and a tough way to break into a tough-but-workable group, but Napoli seem to be up to the challenge — and their form certainly suggests they can do extremely well, after dominating OGC Nice in the playoff round and getting off to a perfect start in Serie A.
But Shakhtar are in good form as well, and despite them not being at the internet-darling stature they were in a few years ago, they still have a good team. Taison, Facundo Ferreyra, and Bernard make for a tricky attacking trio, and a midfield of Fred and Taras Stepanenko won’t be easy to manhandle. Napoli have to take this match seriously — though fortunately, they’ve taken every match seriously in the early goings of this season.
Match info, plus how to watch on TV and stream
Match Date/Time: Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. ET, 9:45 p.m. local
Venue: Stadion Metalist, Kharkiv, Ukraine
TV: Fox Soccer Plus (U.S.), RSI La 2, PremiumSport HD (Italy), BT Sport Extra (U.K.)
Online: Fox Soccer Match Pass, Fox Sports Go (U.S.), Premium Play (Italy)