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FC Barcelona v SSC Napoli - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg
Lionel Messi went down after Kalidou Koulibaly kicked his left leg (Picture: Getty)

Quique Setien says Lionel Messi suffered a ‘fierce knock’ after being kicked in the leg by Kalidou Koulibaly in Barcelona’s win over Napoli but he expects the forward to make a speedy recovery.

The Catalan giants secured their place in the Champions League quarter-finals after beating Napoli 3-1 (agg 4-2) on Saturday night, with Clement Lenglet, Messi and Luis Suarez getting on the scoresheet for the hosts at the Nou Camp.

About Barcelona
Barcelona ( BAR-sə-LOH-nə, Catalan: [bəɾsəˈlonə], Spanish: [baɾθeˈlona]) is a city on the coast of northeastern Spain. It is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Catalonia, as well as the second most populous municipality of Spain. With a population of 1.6 million within city limits, its urban area extends to numerous neighbouring municipalities within the Province of Barcelona and is home to around 4.8 million people, making it the fifth most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, the Ruhr area, Madrid, and Milan. It is one of the largest metropolises on the Mediterranean Sea, located on the coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs, and bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola mountain range, the tallest peak of which is 512 metres (1,680 feet) high.
Founded as a Roman city, in the Middle Ages Barcelona became the capital of the County of Barcelona. After merging with the Kingdom of Aragon, Barcelona continued to be an important city in the Crown of Aragon as an economic and administrative centre of this Crown and the capital of the Principality of Catalonia. Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage and is today an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination. Particularly renowned are the architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Since 1450, it is home to the University of Barcelona. The headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean are located in Barcelona. The city is known for hosting the 1992 Summer Olympics as well as world-class conferences and expositions and also many international sport tournaments.
Barcelona is a major cultural, economic, and financial centre in southwestern Europe, as well as the main biotech hub in Spain. As a leading world city, Barcelona’s influence in global socio-economic affairs qualifies it for global city status.Barcelona is a transport hub, with the Port of Barcelona being one of Europe’s principal seaports and busiest European passenger port, an international airport, Barcelona–El Prat Airport, which handles over 50 million passengers per year, an extensive motorway network, and a high-speed rail line with a link to France and the rest of Europe.

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About Quique
Quique is the debut album by British music group Seefeel, released through Too Pure in late 1993. A predominantly instrumental recording which utilises elements of both rock and electronic music, it blends genres including techno, dream pop, ambient music, and dub. Guitarist Mark Clifford worked continuously on tracks while other members either completed them or provided component ideas.
The album was met with positive reviews from critics, and was released by Astralwerks in the US the following year. It was followed up with the EP Starethrough on Warp in 1994. It was re-released in 2007 in a deluxe format that included unreleased, re-mixed tracks and other music that was only released on compilations. The album continued to receive praise on its re-issue.

Lorenzo Insigne converted from the penalty spot to give Napoli hope right on half-time but Messi and co held on to their advantage to set up a mouthwatering clash with Bayern Munich in the next round.

Koulibaly struck Messi's leg while trying to clear the ball
Koulibaly struck Messi’s leg while trying to clear the ball (Picture: BT Sport)

Messi appeared in some discomfort after Koulibaly struck his left leg while attempting to clear the ball when the scoreline was 2-0 and Barcelona’s medical staff ran on to attend to the iconic attacker.

Barcelona boss Quique Setien provides Lionel Messi injury update …

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Barca will no doubt have been sweating at the sight of the Argentinian on the ground but he stayed on for the full 90 minutes – and Setien reassured supporters it will not be a ‘big problem’ ahead of the side’s quarter-final with Bayern.

‘Lionel took quite a fierce knock in that challenge from Koulibaly,’ the Barcelona manager said.

‘But I don’t think it’ll become a big problem for him.’

Lionel Messi consoles Napoli players after the final whistle
The La Liga giants will face Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals (Picture: Getty)

Bayern booked their place in the next round with a comprehensive 4-1 (agg 7-1) victory over Chelsea and Setien is looking forward to a tough encounter between two of Europe’s top teams.

‘The game against Bayern will be complicated, but we are also a great team,’ he added.

‘The team has been good and we deserved the victory.

‘We have overcome the opening minutes and in the second half Napoli didn’t create much danger.

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‘The truth is that Napoli are one of the best Italian teams. We knew how to react to their start and then we had a good first half.

‘They have had more prominence during the second half.’

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