The Catalans were held to a 2-2 draw at Camp Nou last week and now face a must-win situation to beat Napoli. This season, Xavi Hernandez's center defense has been a constant source of concern. Ronald Araujo’s recent injury put his participation in the past few games under doubt, while Gerard Pique's suspension has forced him to miss the weekend's match against Valencia.
There is positive news for Xavi coming into the match in Italy, according to Mundo Deportivo. Ronald Araujo played through the last game without issue and is available to face the Serie A side.
Pique's return from suspension also ensures that he will be available on the night. This season, Xavi's preferred pairing has been Pique and Araujo. Despite Eric Garcia's recent return to form, the Spanish-Uruguayan combo has prevailed.
Ronald Araujo made an unexpected start against Valencia, since it was expected that the player would be rested for the match on Thursday.
"I asked Ronald to make an effort to play because we needed him." At this point in the season, Xavi's team has to win every game. Barcelona will be motivated to build on their impressive performance against Valencia and see off a challenging opponent at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium.