No venue change for Liverpool’s UCL clash against Napoli

Ruben Hill
September 14, 2018

An ongoing issue with Napoli's San Paolo stadium has prompted De Laurentiis to request a switch of grounds because the current stadium, which is owned by the local council, does not meet Uefa's seat requirements.

It has been a summer of change in Naples ahead of the new season, with Carlo Ancelotti taking over in the managerial hot seat after the departure of Maurizio Sarri to Chelsea, who returns to manage in Italy after previous spells with AC Milan, Juventus, Parma and Reggina.

Napoli have applied to UEFA to play their home Champions League matches 160 miles away in Bari, president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed.

"For me, it's a nightmare". Such a bad stadium limits the status of Napoli at an global level. It's a shame. For this reason, I say enough: I do not want more controversy so I will build my own stadium, and that is that.

Napoli manager Aurelio De Laurentiis says that there is an agreement in principle with Lorenzo Insigne that buying clubs must offer £180million to sign him. "Nobody can tell you anything if you put in your money and you have the land that can be used to build on".

"I've asked UEFA to play Champions League games at Bari's San Nicola, I am open to paying the transportation for Napoli fans".

The club president's comments angered Naples mayor Luigi Di Magistris.

Liverpool also face Red Star Belgrade and Paris St-Germain in their Champions League group, as they aim to replicate last season and go a long way in this year's tournament. Speaking to the Italian media, he said, "His suggestion is unthinkable and impractical".

One player that has been linked with a move to Anfield for a number of years running is Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne and while the Italian is a great player in his own right, he isn't an upgrade on any of the forwards that now start under Jürgen Klopp.

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